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ON STAGE
ARTAUD
AND HIS DOUBLE
NOV 3-19
       
A SPECIAL EVENT
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COMPANY

lawrence brewley
amanda foreman
marisa Teeter
j.r. teeter
 
CURATORS

juda nevadomski
 
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

  
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2016/2017 MAINSTAGE SEASON
  
LA RONDE
Written by Arthur Schnitzler
  

First published for private circulation in Vienna in 1900, Arthur Schnitzler's famous play looks at the sexual morality and class ideology of his day through a series of sexual encounters between pairs of characters. When published in 1903, it became an immediate best-seller, scandalized Viennese society, and a year later was censored. Schnitzler was accused of pornography and worse. By choosing characters across the social spectrum, La Ronde offers a powerful view of how sexual contact transgresses boundaries of class.  Produced through a generous grant from the Arts and Cultural Council for Livingston County and the NY Counsel on the arts.

For mature audiences only. No cell phones or cameras allowed in the theatre for this production.

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 23, 24, 30, October 1, 7, 8 at 7:30pm; September 25, October 2 and 9 at 2pm.

TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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THE JUST ASSASSINS
Written by Albert Camus
  

Terror stalks the Russian elite, while insurgents craft their bombs and plan for revolution. The Just Assassins, based on the true story of the assassination of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905, explores the moral intersect of religion, socialism and terrorism in a gripping drama ripe for the times.

PERFORMANCE DATES: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm; October 23 and 30 at 2pm.

TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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THE BLACKS: A CLOWN SHOW
Written by Jean Genet
  
 
A troupe of black actors reenact the rape and murder of a white woman before a kangaroo court and thus begins The Blacks: A Clown Show a play that examines racism and oppression through the ritualistic reenactment of a murder where all the participants are played by black actors -- even the white characters. Written by Jean Genet at the request of a black actor, The Blacks "flows as freely as an improvisation, with fantasy, allegory and intimations of reality mingled into a weird, stirring unity...Genet's investigation of the color black begins where most plays of this burning theme leave off." --Howard Taubman, New York Times.

PERFORMANCE DATES: TBD

TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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LIFE IS A DREAM
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
  

Considered one of the outstanding Spanish dramas of all time, this 17th-century allegory explores the mysteries of human destiny, the illusory nature of existence, and the struggle between predestination and free will. On the basic plot structure of King's suspicions of his son's role in an impending revolution, the playwright builds a dramatic edifice of theatricality, rich in symbolism and metaphor, expressed in magnificent poetry.

PERFORMANCE DATES: June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30pm; June 18 and 25 at 2pm.
 
TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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DIONYSUS IN 17
Based on The Bacchae and Dionysus in 69
Written by J.R. Teeter
  
 
In 1969, the Performance Group took to the stage and performed their seminal production based on Euripides' classic play The Bacchae. Called Dionysus in 69 this production captured a moment in time and made a classic play relevant to a world in turmoil. In 2017, Bread & Water Theatre will be producing a unique adaptation of The Bacchae as a mirror to our turbulent times.

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 21, 22, 28, 29 and August 4, 5 at 7:30pm; July 30 and August 6 at 2pm

TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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Artaud and His Double
Written by J.R. Teeter
        

Antonin Artaud was a revolutionary figure in 20th century theatre.  While his writings were inspiring the avant garde of Europe, Artaud was residing in an asylum for the insane.  Symptoms of Schizophrenia and an addiction to opium would define much of his later life.  Despite his illness he was able to author several books including his seminal work A Theatre and its Double where he discusses the need to destroy present forms of theatre and revert to a more ritualistic style steeped in animalistic desires and symbolism.  It would be known as the Theatre of Cruelty.  This play examines his last days, institutionalized and suffering from the delusions that have plagued much of his life.

PERFORMANCE DATES: November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30pm; 19 at 2pm

TICKETS: $14 (General Admission) and $8 (Student/55+ Admission)
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Bread & Water Theatre has a policy never to deny admission to a patron because of their inability to pay.  Contact Bread & Water Theatre at 585.538.9684 for details.