Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fringe 2019 - Top 20 - #13 - Glass & Lady M. – Full Circle Theater (Lindsey Bushnell, Martha B. Johnson) – Dreamland Arts

Description: Two Pieces, One Compelling Vision: GLASS, a dystopian, feminist absurdist play by Lindsey Bushnell; and LADY M., a ritualistic re-imagining of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene conceived by Martha B. Johnson

I became an instant fan of Full Circle Theater upon seeing their 2017 remix of Suzan-Lori Parks 365 Days/365 Plays.  So whatever they’re up to, I recommend.

This is an independent production running alongside the Fringe, but they wisely position themselves as being accessible in all senses at Dreamland Arts.  Also, their show (unlike some of the other independents) is standard Fringe length, at an hour, and tracks along the same scheduled times as other regular Fringe offerings.  So you don’t have to completely upend your schedule to fit them in.  If you haven’t already seen Full Circle Theater, this is a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with their work.

The two short plays are further described as follows:

Described by its playwright Lindsey Bushnell as “A Feminist Absurdist Play,” Glass is set in a dystopian world where four women are psychologically trapped and controlled behind glass by an unseen Man. Each woman is an archetype--nurturer (Apple Woman), housekeeper (Sweeping Woman), mother (Rocking Woman), and woman obsessed with body image (Too Woman)--and each has her own views of escape. Glass tackles gender, economic, and societal issues faced by women throughout the centuries.

Lady M.
Conceived by Martha B. Johnson, Lady M. is a reimagining of Lady Macbeth’s iconic sleepwalking scene (“Out, damned spot”) from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Using mythical and ritualistic theatrical techniques, this piece re-envisions Lady Macbeth’s profound remorse and guilt as a wake-up call for America to similarly acknowledge the problematic nature of American history, and to feel the humanizing power of remorse.

Seriously, check Full Circle out.

First show - Thursday, August 1, 2019, 8:30pm - Dreamland Arts

For a quick list of links to my other postings, check out my Top 10 and Top 11-20 new Fringe artists to check out for Fringe 2019.  There's also Returning Favorites, and Fringe Shows I Just Can't Watch Right Now, but You Probably Should.  If you want to keep me company, during my first Fringe without Mom, I'll be posting my schedule here.  Also, here's some links if you want to hit all the Fringe 2019 blog posts, or see the full Fringe Archive from years past (just keep scrolling down, or hit the different years in the archive listing for the full blog on the right side of the screen and zero in on July and August)

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