Williams College Theatre Dept. takes on Caryl Churchill’s eco-themed “Skriker”

Williams College Theatre Department is proud to present Caryl Churchill’s timely and important Skriker November 10-19, 2016. British playwright Churchill explores the horrifying question, “If the earth could speak to us today, what would it say?”

The Skriker is Churchill’s 1994 play that tells the story of an ancient fairy who, during the course of the play, transforms into a plethora of objects and people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces and entraps. Whilst speaking English in its human incarnations, the Skriker’s own language consists of broken and fragmented word play that is at first confounding, but soon coheres.

Would it manifest itself to us openly and benevolently for the sake of healing, or would it appear mysteriously and malevolently? “Be afraid; be very afraid…Or to borrow from the play’s phrase-fracturing title character, an ailing, shape-shifting fairy, ‘Whatever you do don’t open the do don’t open the door'” (New York Times).

Symbolically exploring the socio-political themes of possession, post-natal psychosis, and climate change, The Skriker blends and bends naturalism, horror and magical realism into a single nightmare mélange reminiscent of The Exorcist, Mulholland Drive, and Rosemary’s Baby.

Many are in awe of Skriker’s wildest homonymic explosions — ‘no mistake no mister no missed her no mist no miss no me no’ they are a match for some of Lacan’s most famous riffs, and Beckett’s infamous stream of consciousness.

There will be a post-performance Q&A after the Saturday, November 19th performance. Thursday, November 10th to Saturday, November 12th, and Thursday, November 17th to Saturday, November 19th, at 7:30 PM, and November 13th at 2:00 pm in the ’62 Center’s CenterStage, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $3. 

Extraordinary Prescient! – The Guardian

CAST:

Fatima Anaza ’19
Oriana Bono
Michael Druker ’18
Terah Ehigiator ’18
Caroline Fairweather ’20
Miranda Hanson ’17
Mia Hull ’17
Molly Knoedler ’18
Evelyn Mahon ’18
Isadora McWha
Liam Ouweleen ’19
Whitney Sandford ’20
Jackson Zerkle ’18

Directed by Kameron Steele (Blood Wedding), the production will feature a circle-in-the-square arena stage designed by John Rodriguez ’18, a live computer generated sound score by Belgian composer Marc Appart, costume design by theatre faculty Deborah Brothers, and light by NYC-based designer Ayumu “Poe” Saegusa.

unknownAfter graduating from Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies in 1991, Kameron Steele joined Tadashi Suzuki’s company in Toga, Japan where he has since worked as an actor, assistant director, teacher and translator, appearing in King LearWaiting for RomeoIvanovGreetings from the Edge of the Earth and Dionysus. From 1998-2007 Mr. Steele also worked at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, appearing in Wilson’s touring productions of PersephoneThe Days BeforeWoyzeck and Prometheus. Past directing credits in the U.S.A. include: AOI! (Japan Society, PRELUDE Festival, PS122), Death in Vacant Lot!(Watermill, LMCC), Mosheh: a videoperaHanjoEpona’s LabyrinthSaudade, (all at HERE Arts Center), The Bacchae (LIU), The Threepenny Opera, Suddenly Last Summer and No Exit (all at CalArts). International credits include Hanjo (Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara; La Bellone, Brussels), Las Bacantes (Teatro Mendoza, Argentina), AOI! (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona) and Opium, co-created with Belgian choreographer Arco Renz and his company, Kobalt Works (STUK, Leuven; Monty, Antwerp; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam). MFA Directing: CalArts.

The Department of Theatre works to develop in each student an understanding of theatre that is both broad and deep. Through creative expression and critical study, we challenge students to engage both contemporary and historical modes of performance. Theatre students make artworks through design, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. They are encouraged to experiment, to risk, and to make bold choices. Working collaboratively with faculty and guest artists, students integrate intellectual, physical, and emotional responses into an array of live performances each academic year.

For tickets, visit the Williams ’62 Center Box Office Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm or call (413) 597-2425. For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu

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