ACTING OUT: WORDS THAT CONNECT
A series of performances of original works written or composed with the art in mind. The second set of performances is on April 26th and 27th with plays by Donna Barkman and Tony Howarth.
SATURDAY APRIL 26TH, 7 – 9PM AND SUNDAY APRIL 27TH, 5 – 7PM
Donna Barkman | Hand-Me-Downs: Scenes from a Life, with a Little Help from Antigone and Mother Goose | Directed by Mara Mills
Donna Barkman’s play, evolves from the complex environment created by five of the works in HVCCA’s exhibition Art at the Core. They produce a setting that radiates phantoms of memory, of yearning, and of waiting for an unknown future. In response to this, Barkman’s play portrays a natural-born rebel who recalls her playful beginnings and proceeds to dramatize the constrictive gender roles and motherhood prescriptions that caused her - like Sophocles’ Antigone - to search for a happiness that may always elude her.
Tony Howarth | A Pile of Rags | Directed by Mara Mills
Tony Howarth’s play considers the incomprehensibility of the world around us. It imagines a world in the midst of total chaos. The dissonance between Burgert’s bright and gay canvas and it’s deeply troubling content is echoed in Howarth’s presentation of a world in which characters struggle to understand themselves and their surroundings. Stimulated by the idea that we never really comprehend the world around us, even when we think we have full control over it, Howarth’s play reflects the very environment that we find ourselves living in at this moment.