EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON created by the company, directed by Kate Cayley, with Amy Stewart, Janice Rieger and Simone Rosenberg. Presented by Stranger Theatre at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 9 pm, August 4 at 3:30 pm, August 5 and 10 at 6:30 pm, August 7 at 8:30 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm. Rating: NNNNN
a woman marries a bear, then betrays him and finally must save him. It could only happen in a folk tale, but what happens when a group of young feminists tell the story?East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon brings together the various talents of the all-female collective Stranger Theatre.
The creative mix includes director Kate Cayley, who's spent five years as a storyteller, actor Simone Rosenberg and her obsession with fairy tales, and Janice Rieger, who's always wanted to create a play about love.
"We discovered three versions of the story," notes Cayley. "It's about journeys, exile and the renunciation of self, a play about love, but not romantic love."
The result is a piece whose presentation includes masks and a bit of puppetry. Cayley calls it a living folk tale.
"The big inspiration for me was a storytelling festival I attended where a really old female teller was too weak to get up from her chair but held the room spellbound. I realized I was watching the most basic form of theatre.
"I want the audience to have a gut response to universal archetypes, archetypes that we have to make specific through character."
OTHER SUMMERWORKS PREVIEWS
RICHARDTHESECOND written and performed by Matthew MacFadzean, directed by Rebecca Brown. Presented by Nation of Aslan at Artword. August 2 at 11 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 3:30 pm, August 9 and 11 at 6:30 pm, August 12 at 5 pm.
YAGAYAH - TWO.BLACK.WOMYN.GRIOTS written and performed by debbie young and Naila Belvett, directed by ahdri zhina mandiela. Presented by b current at Artword. August 2 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 11 pm, August 5 and 12 at 2 pm, August 9 at 8 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm.
S&M* by Gordon Portman, directed by Nicole Stamp, with Duff MacDonald, Sean Tyson and Alison Lawrence. Presented by Seeing the Emperor at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 10:30 pm, August 4 at 2 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 1 pm, August 9 at 10:30 pm, August 11 at 6 pm.
PAGAN LOVE SONGS FOR THE UNINITIATED by Sue Balint, directed by Eric J. Rose, with Darryl Hinds and Alison Jutzi. Presented by Invisible Elephant at the Factory Mainspace. August 2 at 5:30 pm, August 4 at 4 pm, August 5 at 1:30 pm, August 8 at 8:30 pm, August 9 at 11 pm, August 11 at 2:30 pm.
VAN GOGH written and performed by Bill Kischuck. Presented by Whiplash Theatre at Artword. August 3 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 6:30 pm, August 6 at 12:30 pm, August 7 at 10 pm, August 10 at 8 pm, August 11 at 5 pm.