Via Dolorosa is the story of British playwright David Hare’s 1997 visit to Israel and Gaza, told by a single actor in a virtuosic 90 minutedramatic whirlwind of people, places and events. As Hare, Jonathan Epsteinturns himself into more than 30 different characters, each an impassionedparticipant in the Arab-Israeli struggle, as the play ranges through London,Tel Aviv, the Settlements, Gaza and Jerusalem itself, in search of some kind ofhope in a world where it seems that everyone can say, and with justice: “Thisland is ours.”
"Every poet would like, I fancy, to be able to thinkthat he had some direct social utility . . . He would like to be something of apopular entertainer, and be able to think his own thoughts behind a tragic or acomic mask. He would like to convey the pleasures of poetry, not only to alarger audience, but to larger groups of people collectively; and the theatreis the best place in which to do it."
Allyn Burrows plays the poet, playwright, literarycontrarian, Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot in an exploration of the great writer'sfascination with Shakespeare. The words of the two great poets will be intertwinedlive with the sublime music of internationally acclaimed violinist MichiWiancko.
Partly autobiographical, but drawing primarily on historicalresearch and present-day interviews, Door of No Return courageously excavatesthe rich, complex but often silenced multicultural legacies of New England.
Nehassaiu deGannes is a trickster/shaman figure voicingexperiences of immigration, displacement, enslavement, and resistance from abrilliant multiplicity of perspectives. Drawing on her Caribbean heritage andCanadian upbringing, her visits to West Africa, and her arrival in RhodeIsland, Nehassaiu criss-crosses time and space to bring us stories from the 18thcentury and the Triangle Trade, as well as unexpected contemporary narratives.Here in one room are: Marie Angelique, enslaved in Montreal but very likelypurchased in Rhode Island, a young Columbian man defying 21st centuryexpectations, an Iraqi-American woman re-inventing herself post 9-11,indentured Wampanoag, and the slave dungeons of Cape Coast. Door of No Returndefies the segregation of American histories and invites us all to stand at thecrossroads.
“Nehassaiu deGannes is tremendous. At times, she’s fromJamaica, then Ghana, then Cape Verde, or Senegal. Or else she’s a NativeAmerican, or a hyphenated modern American: Puerto Rican, Laotian, French,Irish, Scotch or Arabic. She’s rich; she’s poor. She’s young; she’s old.
She’s woman; she’s man…. But the reason you watch or listen…is for an emotional connection, which deGannes amply provides.”
In Light of Jane, a lighting designer visits an emptytheatre space two years after a devastating loss, and as she sorts through hermemories, the way forward is illuminated in unexpected ways. This funny andmoving piece features Shakespeare & Company actor Tod Randolph with KrisDelmhorst.
The second part of the evening singer and songwriter KrisDelmhorst takes the stage for an intimate concert. "Bold andbrilliant..." —Boston Globe.
Written and Performed by Tina Packer with special guest Nigel Gore.
After three years of traveling the world and a four monthOff-Broadway run, Women of Will comes home. By examining passion and intriguethrough women’s eyes, we see how Shakespeare himself developed as a humanbeing.
Written and performed by John Hadden with special musicalguest Bobby Sweet
This evening is a fascinating blend of drama and music.
John Hadden performs a riveting 50-minute, one-man showbased on his book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me.Bobby Sweet infuses the show with his unique sound. Join then for this journeyof deception "the game" (espionage), and rough filial love. Theevening finishes with an intimate concert by Bobby Sweet.