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      July 13, 2014

      Sunday   8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (on various days)

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      OnThe House - Lady with Her Lap Dog

      Originally commissioned for Piven Theater, Illinois, as part of Chekhov: The Stories, Sarah Ruhl's "The Lady with the Lap Dog" and "Anna Around the Neck" are her astonishing stage adaptations of Chekhov's most famous short stories. Honest, present, seductive, and unpublished, Sarah Ruhl's relationship with Chekhov's language is refreshing for American audiences who struggle with the too common choice between shows seen over and over again versus shows that are far too unfamiliar. Keeping this plight of the audience member in mind, OnTheHouse Theater looks to Ruhl to turn classic texts and reanimate her own insight into them as a woman playwright in the 21st century United States, achieving our goal of original storytelling for our culture. Centered around two women in loveless marriages, each Anna seeks escape from the tedious domestic roles imposed on them through their new understanding of sexuality. While our first Anna finds short-lived excitement and intimacy with her affair, her dismay of the trials and tribulations ahead without her lover is daunting and hopeful simultaneously. With the second Anna, lacking a sense of intimacy and excitement with her husband, she excavates the political pull her femininity has within privileged society. Struggling to fulfill her family's financial needs and discover her own sexual independence, Anna grows hope out of melancholy. With the words of Ruhl at the forefront, OnTheHouse Theater will bring Fringe audiences riveting stories that implement nontraditional language to forge a rare audience-performer relationship, repurposed images and icons of the past, recharged audience awareness through surreal or altered everyday sounds, and an optimism growing from sadness. "Lady with the Lap Dog" and "Anna Around the Neck" prompt the possibility of theatrical renewal within audiences' interests to bring each of us closer to different sexualities, moralities, and each other. Warnings/Labels: Adult Themes, Sexual Content, Strong Language


      Cost: 12.00

      Categories: Performing Arts

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