3050mg continues its season of theatre collaborations with two plays exploring America's connection to and fascination with African cultures. Look for music and sound design by 3050mg's Allyssa Jones in both productions.
One of The New York Times top ten plays of 2012, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... is an innovative, fast-paced and uncomfortably funny take on race, empathy and the devastating consequences of our best intentions.The personal and political, humorous and harrowing collide in this exhilaratingly irreverent play from Boston's own Company One. A rehearsal room descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors attempt to dramatize the little-known first genocide of the 20th century. But as the ensemble wrestles with this remote story, tensions mount, and their exploration hits much closer to home than anybody expected.
Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God begins with a white married couple arriving at another couple’s house for a reunion. All four were best friends at medical school. All are now 41. Two have just returned from crisis work in Africa –escaping a particularly violent flare-up. The other two stayed at home, had a child, and made a lot of money. Each couple looks at the other with envy. Both marriages are in trouble. The returning couple left behind a local child in Africa that the other couple was sponsoring. The fate of that child is unknown, but we learn she is dependent on drug therapy, and without treatment, she will likely die.
The evening turns into a post-colonial version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Accusations, pain, anguish and bitter comedy are used to explore damage/guilt in the West. Produced by the Apollinaire Theatre (Chelsea, MA).
Gallery: KAK@UWFF 2013
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