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October 01, 2010

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Thursday, Sept 30, 7:00pm
Friday, Oct 1, 7:00pm and 10:00pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 7:00pm

 

“Akhmatova”

by Romulus Linney

Directed by Emily Gregory, ‘10

This play is set in 1953 in the imminent aftermath of Stalin’s sudden death.  The country stands at the brink of radical change, possibly a revolution.  An ambitious censorship official, conscious of his tenuous position in a threatened government, decides to tackle a task that will prove his loyalty: uncovering the subject matter and content of a new “anti-state” poem that is rumored to be in the works by Anna Akhmatova, one of Russia’s most inspiring and persecuted poets of the time.  A series of interrogations ensues.

Despite the dense historical and literary material that was the inspiration for this little piece, what ultimately made me fall in love with its story were the characters.  These are people stuck in a world that does not give them a choice between survival and dignity.  It is a play about the suffering of women, the power of art, and the hope to endure.

 

 

Naomi in The Living Room

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Ana Erikson, ‘10

This comedy is an absurdist take on the conventional social visit.  John and Johnna, a young married couple, have come to visit John’s mother Naomi.  However, Naomi is acting very strange; she oscillates between a fervent compulsion to play the role of hostess and unnerving id-centric outbursts.  The result is a hilarious lampooning of social conventions in a domestic setting.   I am excited to explore physical comedy and am looking for actors who are ready to take risks and have fun!

 

K I N D E R

A Devised Piece

Directed by Emma Lipp, ‘07

“The fear of being eaten often walks a tightrope between the terrifying and the absurd.”  - Maria Tatar

Kinder will explore the idea of a primordial unraveling of a group of beings who have been abandoned. Using the narrative of the Hansel and Gretel folk tale as the structural anchor, Kinder will follow the metaphor of our primitive orality. Without food, we regress to a savage state; without love, we become animals.  This will be a movement-based piece.


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