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Shameless Self Promotion: The Awakening

30 Mar

“We are each incomplete. We are drawn towards the other in search of completeness. We sense the potential closing of a circle. And this sensation, this potential, lies at the very heart of what draws us to theatre.”

Anne Bogart, from the essay “Eroticism” in A Director Prepares.

Bogart’s words are at the heart of “The Awakening“, both the 1889 novella by Kate Chopin that was banned for immorality when it was published and also the new play based on that text. I am in the cast for the play, a co-production of the Savage Umbrella company and 3AM Productions and the cast of actors has been workshopping this production since September. It is that process of meshing our incompletion, the company of actors playing, fighting, hammering out the formal narrative aspects and the beautiful flights of impression that mark the text that has been the biggest joy in creating this play. The text is all about distance and love, how people work together and apart from each other- things that have mattered since humans began forming connections and our results on stage, I think, will surprise. Like the original text itself, which ostensibly ended Chopin’s literary career, and like so much in life, on stage we find a clash of conventions and the struggle to decide and find our own way out. It’s weird and heartfelt and it has been my pleasure to work this talented cast (who all sing better than me, but we’ll make it work) and so you should come out and see it.

We open Friday, April 2nd at the award winning (City Pages “Artist of the Year” 2008) Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul and run for three weekends, so there is plenty of chance to see the show. Tickets can be reserved by calling 612.339.0207 or via email at If you need more convincing, Quinton Skinner spoke with out fearless leader, director Laura Leffler-McCabe as part of the new City Pages “Dressing Room” blog, and it’s great to see him back in action and that new endeavor (with Kate Iverson of l’etoile) taking off. Matt Peiken of 3 Minute Egg also stopped by for a rehearsal to capture some of the process and speak with Leffler-McCabe and our incomparable music director Candy Bilyk, so there’s a little romantic teaser for you.

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