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The Moors, by Jen Silverman
September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Isadoora Theatre Company is proud to present their second show for the 2019 season with the dark comedy, The Moors by Jen Silverman.
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Things are not what they seem.
Welcome to the Tilt-A-Whirl world of the sisters, Agatha (powerful, dangerous, with a steely charm) and Huldey (a diarist with a plan, furiously seeking fame), their dog (a philosophy-spouting Mastiff), and the love of his life (one adorable but vulnerable Moor-Hen, who has just crash landed into his world bereft of God). Rounding out the assembly, we have a maid with the typhus, a maid with the baby, and Emilie (the young, innocent and pure governess, a romantic with an undiscovered strength at her core).
The time, Jen Silverman–the playwright–tells us, is the 1840s…ish. She reminds us, though, that the play is more accurately about the present, the here and now, the immediate and not so very much the far away and long ago. But how can this be? The costumes are period; the set gives us a glimpse or a taste of a mid-19th century parlor, bedroom, sitting room, scullery, library, portrait gallery, and great hall. And the bleak moors themselves can be perceived as enigmatic, dangerous and terrifying. They are an elemental force, outside of the (apparent) decorum found within the house. The moors are a tempest wild and unpredictable, evil and cruel. So this must be England? Silverman supplies a question mark. But if not England, where? She’s asking us to hold the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) in our thoughts, along with Du Maurier’s and Hitchcock’s Rebecca, while taking us along a steep, suspenseful and frightening journey, moving in a flash beyond the comfort of reason and logic, in a rush beyond the event horizon and accelerating into the very heart of darkness.
This is a world of ever-shifting reality, a world of hyper-theatricality and emotional authenticity, a world whose inhabitants wield language to achieve transformation.
- September 6, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
- Event Category:
- Inside/Out Space
- Isadoora Theatre Company
- Inside/Out Space at Margaret Lockwood Gallery
7 South 2nd Ave
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 United States + Google Map