By John Krizanc;
Conceived by Richard Rose & John Krizanc;
Directed by John Shepard
Starring: Fermin Suarez, Megan Mackenzie Lawrence, Robin Abramson, Ken Bolden, Ethan Hova, Rachel McKeon, Thomas Constantine Moore, Cathryn Dylan, Tammy Tsai, and Robert Turano
August 5–September 14, 2014
Rodef Shalom Congregation
You’re in the great home Gabriele d’Annunzio, the Italian poet responsible for the Nationalist movement which Mussolini – Il Duce – turned into his brand of Fascism. It’s 1927. There is great anticipation because Tamara de Lempicka is due to arrive, the iconic Polish artist. You’re offered a glass of champagne. And it begins: you meet 10 characters, each fascinating, each with secrets.
The barrier between spectator and actor is dissolved. The audience has choices to make, journeying from room to room in Rodef Shalom Congregation, a magnificent stand-in for Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. As characters leave a room, which will you follow? Or will you wait and see who shows up? As in life, each is the star of his own story. Though you’re quite free, we recommend you stay with one... and patrons who come together to the show will benefit from splitting up.
Performing time runs about two hours, but the evening is a bit longer because when the characters roar off for a hotel lunch in town, the audience shares a wonderful Intermezzo dinner outside on the terrace. Quantum will partner with six restaurateur/caterers, one for each of the six weeks of the run. It’s another reason to come back: come back to see a completely different play as you follow a different character, and have a completely different dinner for good measure.
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
January 30–February 22, 2015
Brahman/i is part one of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s famed and award-winning DISPLACED HINDU GODS Trilogy. One might come to see ‘One-Hijra Stand-up Comedy’ (Hijra is Hindi for intersex, possessing both sexes, or in Kapil’s humorous language, ‘all-in-one’) but much more is delivered in the deeply witty routine: an eccentric mom who has intermixed her concepts of England and India’s colonial past; the knuckleheaded reactions of adolescent boys to someone impossible to categorize; a groovy aunt who seems to understand identity issues and suggests ancient temple bas-relief as instructional. Brahman/i is fascinating company as s/he riffs about Asia (the continent) as a dysfunctional family, the war on science in Galileo's time, the creation of Stonehenge, the naming of Mount Everest and, best of all, a thumbnail "Mahabharata," complete with romantic subplots and action sequences.
And Brahman/i ultimately ISN’T one-hijra stand-up comedy. It’s a play, with a second character, and dramatic action between them that reaches a touching and unexpected climax, after considerable hilarity. Obviously about identity, the work is about much more, courage, certainly, and those deities, who peek out here and will appear more overtly in plays II and III of the trilogy. Aditi would say: Indian deities dwell among us, trying to find their way. May it always be thus.
Adaptation based on José Saramago's book, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Devised by Barbara Luderowski, Karla Boos, Narelle Sissons, Sarah Pickett, and Joe Seamans; Dramaturg: Megan Rivas
April 10–May 3, 2015
World premiere adaptation based on José Saramago's Nobel Prize winning book, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
A team of collaborators and a fascinating premise: make José Saramago’s Nobel Prize-winning novel a three-dimensional, theatrical experience. Karla Boos and the Mattress Factory's Barbara Luderowski lead a group of artists that also includes Joe Seamans, Narelle Sissons, Sarah Pickett, and Megan Rivas. What results might look like theatre from one perspective, but installation art from another, allowing Luderowski’s love of architecture, sculpture, and assemblage to contribute in a fundamental way, and asking patrons to forget everything they know about the traditional theater experience and become completely immersed in José Saramago's beautiful story, about Senhor José, a lowly clerk in the Central Registry of an unnamed city, obsessed with collecting and on a journey to find a mysterious woman who has slipped through the cracks of Kafka-esque categorization.
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