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Pen Knife
The Living Theatre
New York, NY
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Pen Knife
"Playwright Christopher Richards balances the fantastical with the factual, showing both the beauty and the squalor of lives lived in pursuit of the ultimate aesthetic and erotic ecstasy."

"Under the direction of Javierantonio González, the three person ensemble displays a rich array of colors, and finds the human core of difficult material that might, in lesser hands, feel coldly esoteric."

"Both the uninitiated and diehard devotees of Rimbaud and Verlaine will find much to celebrate in this fresh and innovative take on their erratic lives and perennially inspiring work."

- Ethan Kanfire, theateronline.com

Pen Knife tells the story of the infamous relationship of the young French poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine. Their obsessive affair and hedonistic lifestyle scandalized Paris and London and inspired Rimbaud's iconic poetry. Consumed by their passion for their work and each other, this new play offers an intimate and unflinching look at the personal toll of unbridled artistry.

Written by Christopher Richards
Directed by Javierantonio Gonzalez
A co-production of The Pretenders and Caborca Theatre

Michael Barringer, Melinda Helfrich*, and David Skeist*

Scenic Design by Jian Jung
Lighting Design by Dans Maree Sheehan
Costume Design by Oana Botez-Ban
Sound Design by Marcelo Anez
Production Stage Manager: Erin Maureen Koster*
(*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association: Equity Approved Showcase)

Performance Schedule:
May 6, May 7-9, and May 12-15
All shows at 8PM


The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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