OUT OF THEBES

OUT OF THEBES

by Angela Janda

Performances: [at the James A. Little Theater]

Friday, September 25 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 26 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, September 27 @ 2:00pm

For information or reservations call: (505) 471-1799

General Admission: $15.00   
Discounts Available.
Raven Painting Color small THEATERWORK begins its 20th Season in New Mexico – and marks the 50th year since its founding in Bogotá, Colombia – with the premiere production of OUT OF THEBES by Angela Janda. This extraordinary play– with a seven-woman ensemble bringing to the stage a piece that is both epic and deeply intimate – will be first seen at the James A. Little Theater in late September, 2015. Members of THEATERWORK’s audience who saw its production of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in 2011, will clearly not want to miss this.  Ms. Janda, who played the title role, subsequently wrote a collection of poems - Small Rooms With Gods – in response to the experience. This new dramatic work has come out of those poems, returning their images and discoveries to the stage. Angela Janda’s poetry has appeared in journals including San Pedro River Review, Whitefish Review, and the New Mexico Poetry Review. She was the recipient of a 2006 New Mexico Discovery Award for Poetry. Her first play, The Tide, was produced by THEATERWORK in 2012. Ms. Janda has been a member of THEATERWORK ‘s Permanent Company since 2004 appearing in many of its main-stage productions in that time.

NOTES FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Sarah Ruhl writes: “If it is true that there is nothing new under the sun and that there are only two or three basic human stories worth telling, then the true contribution of the playwright is not necessarily the story itself but the way the story is told, word for word… I might call this the drama of the sentence, how it will unfold, how will it go up and down, how will it stop.” OUT OF THEBES presents a familiar story – the story of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus – a story that has been told and told again and rewritten and retold for twenty-five hundred years … by Sophocles …by Euripides…by Jean Cocteau (1922)… Jean Anouilh (1944)… Bertolt Brecht, Carl Orff, Seamus Heaney, Anne Carson… OUT OF THEBES is our re-telling. I first began writing this play in a hotel room in Artesia, NM, on a late January night. The first person to speak, in the first version of the script, was Ismene. Though the opening of the play has shifted, and though Antigone remains as ever at the center of her tragedy OUT OF THEBES is, to me, a play that asks about this other sister –  the one who lived.  It is a play that asks about the living. It is a play about how we are tied, one to the next. It is a play about lineage – about the linkage of mother/daughter, sister/sister … as well as those connections born of struggle and sacrifice and loss and triumph and doing what must be done! It is a play that asks: What can come from tragedy other than tragedy? Could it be hope? As Carolyn Forché wrote: “You will fight and fighting you will die. I will live and living cry out until my voice is gone to its hollow in the earth, where without hands and by the lives we have chosen, we will dig deep into our deaths. I have done all that I could do. Link hands, link arms with me…”

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR:

The team at THEATERWORK is very excited to present this new play, written by one of its Company Members, to the Santa Fe community and those faithful audience members who have travelled to see the work for all these years from cities and towns all around us. Let me also say that we welcome the presence of the many visitors to New Mexico who also put TW on its “must see” list. A theater is an open door to ideas, experiences, challenges and the sheer power of the enlivened/staged word! THEATERWORK hopes to fully and faithfully fulfill its role as a ”theater in the heart of its community.” Hundreds of you have seen everything since the doors opened on Rufina Circle … one hundred and fifteen plays, readings, conversations with visiting playwrights… all produced by dedicated theater artists working in every area of production. And now – OUT OF THEBES! This play builds itself on the presence of seven women: pilgrims / suppliants / revolutionaries / a chorus in the fullest sense of that word. They see all / unmask all / dance the words / sing the words / carry the sacred silences that are often the only fitting response. The Chorus of Seven ties us directly to the Antigone of Sophocles. As Aristotle says in Poetics: “ The chorus too should be regarded as one of the actors; it should be an integral part of the whole, and share in the action, not in the manner of Euripides but of Sophocles.” In this play the Chorus is, in fact, the Assembly of Women: the community, the sangha. those gathered, the people – those without whom nothing would be witnessed, nothing remembered… those who lead us in song., and lead us to the songs in our own hearts. All that for a play in a theater at the corner of Cerrillos and St. Francis? Why not? The very word “theater” calls for all of it. I would also like to quote Sarah Ruhl: God as audience – a non-syllogism: If the proper audience for poetry is God, then the proper audience for the novel is people. Plays have both stories and poetry. Therefore the proper audience for plays is people and God. But what is the audience for poetry in a godless universe? The audience for poetry in a godless universe is the academy. Or perhaps other poets and therefore God ? And what is the proper audience for plays in a godless universe? There is no proper audience for plays in a godless universe. We must invent our own gods. We’ll talk about all this after you have seen the play. DMO

THE PRODUCTION

Acting Ensemble:

Sabina Dunn - Jody Hegarty Durham - Susie Perkins - Angela Janda - Mairi Chanel - Catherine Donavon - Danielle Reddick

Artistic Staff:

David Olson, Director Jack Sherman, Technical Director Cheryl Odom, Costume Design Richard Gonzales, Props Master Susie Perkins, Composer Karen Brettschneider, Choreographer Paula Olson, Sound Design Lavanya Reed, Graphic Design Petr Jerabek, Photographer / Web Master Lisa Foster, Assistant to the Director

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