Happy Friday! The new year brings promise of a fresh slate -- a chance for regeneration and growth for everyone, and we at Savage Umbrella are taking it all very seriously. Along with all our resolutions for better work life balance, reminding ourselves to bring our best selves to our work, and reinvigorating our outreach efforts to diverse communities, we also are snapping up the chance to expand our company with some glorious new people.
We are excited to introduce the eight SU newbies…
They’ll be joining the work of present company members Emily Dussault, Meghan Gunderson, Meagan Kedrowski, Kathryn Fumie, Michael Ooms, Allison Witham, and Nick Wolf, and core company members Megan Clark, Hannah K. Holman, Alana Horton, and Laura Leffler, in creating and collaborating to continue to bring our audiences and community thought-provoking and beautiful work.
We couldn’t be more excited to add these fresh voices to SU’s cadre of artists. We’re feeling empowered, elated, and ready to tackle this new year with a dedication to new work, community, and vital story-telling.
For the final show in Savage Umbrella’s tenth anniversary season, we are reimagining our 2011 production of THE RAVAGERS. With a whole new cast and space to work with, the 2018 performance will be shining a new light on this story while further exploring the complex world of Danaus and his fifty (that's right, five-zero!) daughters.
Here are some thoughts about how this year’s performance will be different from SU artistic director and co-writer of THE RAVAGERS, Laura Leffler:
“I'm actually the only hold over from the cast, so the show is entirely different this time around. The fresh eyes and voices of the new cast members are challenging and engaging with the text in new and exciting ways. So much of the show is physical - from the site specific location to the movement and rhythm of the show - and all of that is being created anew by this group of performers. Also, we were never 100% happy with the show's ending, and so we threw out the last 20 pages and reworked and rewrote and re-conceived characters. I'm very excited about the clearer and concise path we're going this time. I think this 2018 version retains all of what made the original production wonderful and just expands on that.”
50 daughters. 50 sons. And a wedding night to remember. Loosely based on the ancient Greek play THE SUPPLIANTS by Aeschylus, THE RAVAGERS explores what happens when one daughter discovers herself at the precipice between obedience and resistance. This site-specific production weaves together themes of family strength and political power with the true stories of forbidden love under oppressive regimes. Lavender Magazine called the 2011 production, “ingenious and hauntingly evocative.”
$15 - $25, pick you own price \\ www.savageumbrella.org
Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available at the door for every performance, as space allows.
Seating is very limited, so reserve your ticket today!
Performed at The X Lab at Can Can Wonderland
February 9 – March 3, 2018*
Purchase tickets at: ravagers.brownpapertickets.com
*ASL/Deaf Interpreted Performances February 23 & March 1, 2018, with invited conversations to follow. More information about interpreted activities here.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.