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!