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THEATREdART Season 5
THEATREdART is pleased to announce what is, by far, our
biggest and most ambitious season yet, featuring three new original plays by
talented local writers, the return of a Halloween favorite, and a bevy of other
productions guaranteed to challenge and thrill you.
With our move to our new venue downtown, we have doubled the number of shows in our
season. With 9 shows, TdA boasts the
largest season in town, with subscriptions at a fraction of the price at any
THEATREdART’s annual short play festival featuring original
plays written, directed, and acted by members of the community.
JoB an immersive theatre experience
adapted from Antonin Artaud’s Jet of
through October 2nd
“This is not for you.”
A first of its kind for the region, THEATREdART presents a
theatrical experience unlike any you’ve had before. Part performance, part installation art, JoB is a theatrical production you move
through, rather than sit and watch passively.
Based on Jet of Blood,
Artaud’s notorious exploration of “metaphysical dread” JoB will challenge your perception of what theatre is, and the
relationship between performer and spectator.
The plays of the Grand
Guignol make a return to THEATREdART just in time for Halloween. If you missed the first set of plays in 2008,
it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a
general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from
Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Webster's The White Devil) to today's splatter
films. an evening of Grand Guignol consists of a several
short horror-themed plays from 19th century France interspersed with
vaudeville and burlesque acts.
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
November 11th through 27th
Perhaps Shakespeare’s most modern play, Troilus and Cressida has been maligned and misunderstood for
years. Set during the Trojan War, Troilus and Cressida is a story of love
in times of war, but not in the traditional sense. Shakespeare depicts the famous figures from
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
in a more cynical light. Hector is indecisive and unsure, Ajax is a muscle-bound
buffoon, and Achilles is a lazy and treacherous opportunist. The play skewers the notion of “intrinsic
value” questioning the ideals of love, honor, and duty.
The Show Trial by Jeff Keele
through February 12th
If you saw The Proud
Sons of Porlock you got a taste of what The
Show Trial has to offer. For those
of you who haven’t, The Show Trial is a black farce, a satire on theatre and its role
in the struggle between the classes. In an unnamed Eastern European land, a new
form of theatre has made its way to the stage: the “prisoner play”, in which a
convicted criminal stars in a recreation of his life and the events leading up
to his crime before he is executed in front of a live audience. There are epic sword fights, murders, knife
fights with dogs, riding competitions, robots, theatrical singularities, pocket
universes, conspiracies, over-the-top melodrama, and it all ends in a riot -
never a dull moment.
Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley
through March 11th
is set in a post-apocalyptic version of London's East End, where terror, gangs,
violence and drugs in the form of butterflies rule. The protagonists are a gang
of youths, surviving by their wits. They deal the butterflies, engaging in
trade with objects from places like the British Museum, looted by their
butterfly-addicted customers. But their main source of 'income' is holding
parties for wealthy clients, in which their wildest fantasies are brought to
life. In the non-stop two hours of the
play, the party in question revolves around the murder of a child with a meat
hook, staged in a Vietnam-style fantasy of the Party Guest. The gang ultimately
have to face the question of how far they are willing to go in order to save
the people they love.
Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino
through April 8th
“If you shoot this man, you die next. Repeat. If you shoot this man, you die next.”
THEATREdART adapts Quentin Tarantino’s riveting tale of a
heist gone wrong, in an immersive, real-time theatrical experience. Rather than just sitting in the audience,
you’re in the warehouse with the desperate diamond thieves. Follow the characters you want to, or just
hang out and watch Mr. Orange bleed out.
No fancy theatre trappings. No chairs.
Ogres in the Office 2 by Brian Mann
through May 6th
Franklin Pizza is fresh out of college and is hired to work
at a fancy office in a fancy building on the fancy side of town. Thinking things are going okay, Franklin
instead discovers the dangerous side of work as the various factions within the
office begin to battle with each other.
Mayhem, and not so civil war ensue in the office while Franklin tries to
survive and understand it all.
Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
through June 3rd
“Where words prevail
not, violence prevails.” -Lorenzo
THEATREdART wades neck-deep in to the mother of all revenge
tragedies. Staged in the late 16th
century The Spanish Tragedy was
wildly popular and influential in its time, and is credited with creating a new
genre in English theatre, the revenge tragedy.
The Spanish Tragedy was often
referred to (or parodied) in works written by other Elizabethan playwrights,
including William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe. Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play used to trap a
murderer and a ghost intent on vengeance, appear in Shakespeare's Hamlet. (Thomas Kyd is frequently
proposed as the author of the hypothetical “Ur-Hamlet” that may have been one
of Shakespeare's primary sources for Hamlet.) The
Spanish Tragedy promises high drama and an even higher body count.