Aphra Behn Emerging Artists' Showcase
For its third production of the SEASON OF ADAPTATION, SATE will present a showcase of original material through its inaugural "Aphra Behn Emerging Artists' Showcase." This new festival will consist of three new plays written and directed by promising female artists. The initiative is named for the British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, Aphra Behn broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Each play will be presented on each day of the festival.
The Festival includes the following new plays:
by Erin Renée Roberts
directed by Sophie Powell
performance ensemble: Erin Renée Roberts
In her play Deflowered, Erin Renée Roberts utilizes the biblical text of CORINTHIANS 13 as the foreground for her abstract interpretation of the loss of one's virginity & the discovery of love. Simplistically shaped by the text and imagery, the piece was written to allude to the romantic, sensuality of spring; the arousing, innocence of youth; and the waning beauty of our physical selves. The piece contains a "choose your own adventure" ending that mirrors the different experiences of love, which begs for more than one viewing.
Life Ever After
by Alyssa Ward
directed by Kate McAllister
performance ensemble: Nicole Angeli, Elizabeth Van Pelt
In Life Ever After, Liz, an aspiring novelist who has recently committed suicide, meets Agnes, who works as an administrative assistant in the afterlife. Liz struggles to understand and deal with the consequences of her recent death and learns to accept her journey into the unknown. Agnes, submitting to the demands of her never-ending job with her usual cynicism, helps Liz on her journey back to Earth.
The Music of the Goddess
by Shualee Cook
directed by Kristin Rion
performance ensemble: Michael Pierce, Lex Ronan, Carolyn Sealy, Chris Ware, John Wolbers
On the eve of her orchestral debut, violinist Clara Reisenberg finds she can barely even pick up her bow. But if certain divine beings have their way, it may be more of a beginning than an end. A mythic account of gods, demi-gods and the invention of theremin, The Music of the Goddess is inspired by the life and music of Clara Reisenberg-Rockmore.
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