"Director/adaptor Laura Leffler-McCabe has assembled a cast here that knows how to do a slow burn on Edna’s simmering emotions, with Dussault of course, leading the pack"
- Single White Fringe Geek
"With a large cast utilizing physical theater techniques, live music performed by an onstage three-person band, and beautiful production design, The Awakening is a truly lovely and moving story of a woman's struggles to find her place in a world that doesn't accept her."
- Cherry And Spoon
"It’s an unflinching look that avoids demonizing these characters — all have cards to play, but the deck is stacked… Dussault, a busy and consistently impressive actor, has never been better than she is here, sweeping us along on her character’s tragic journey of self-realization."
- City Pages
"It's the perfect story to tell because it is so emotional and, with the waves of feminism we ride like waves on the sea, it once again feels very present and very live in our current culture. Though it deals with Victorian women and their yearnings, it contains a force that is still very much alive in the lives and minds of modern women."
- The Room Where It Happens
"I always know the value of a performance the next day. I can't stop thinking about the show! It was wonderfully nuanced and performed. The visuals and soundscape added immensely to the story and immersive feel of the show. And of course, the themes although originally put to paper by this author over a hundred years ago, still ring clear for us today."
- Megan Hadley, Audience Member
Three shows remain for THE AWAKENING:
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
And for you, loyal blog reader, a special treat! Enter the code AWAKE15 to unlock $15 tickets!
See you under the umbrella.
Our hearts are so full from an opening weekend full of excitement, beauty, and conversation. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us! We have the night off tonight, but THE AWAKENING will set sail again tomorrow night for our Pay-What-You-Want performance! In the meantime, here are some words from our fearless director's note in the program:
"Every time I re-read THE AWAKENING, I think, 'Oh I should have included this! This part is brilliant! Oh, this line! This passage! This word!' And the truth is, the book is better than this play, as is always the case, the book is better. But this play is now, and needs to be now. What strikes me over and over upon re-reading the book, upon crafting and watching this production, is that Edna is such a complicated creature. She's such a bitch, a bad mom, an adulterer, a disappointing daughter, a lousy friend, and as Madame Lebrun says of her, she's capricious. But in reality - she's none of those things. Those attributes and judgments are what society teaches us to think about a woman who acts as she does: a woman who refuses to be told what to do, a woman who takes the time she needs to think big thoughts about her own identity, a woman who creates a space for herself, a woman who has desires and acts upon them, a woman who breaks the mold. Edna, gods bless Edna, for breaking through the rigid society and rules which were pressing so hard upon her, she could not breathe. And as she stands with the broken glass of the ceiling all around her, what then? For Edna, she makes the choice she has available to her. But what about us? If Edna broke the ceiling for us back in 1899 when this book was first published - 118 years ago! - what are we doing now? How do we honor the legacy of women like Edna, and push into what must surely be a brighter future for us all? Whither would you soar?" - Laura
Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
March 3 - 18, 2017
Written and directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe
Music by Candy Emberley
Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensembles
Edna Pontellier has zero effs left to give. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.
See you under the umbrella!