WHAT: RLT presents a sharing of in-process work from their new original piece When the Mind's Free
WHO: Real Live Theatre artists Toby Vera Bercovici (Director), Ezekiel Baskin (Stage Manager), Linda Tardif (Cordelia), and Myka Plunkett (Goneril), are joined by frequent RLT guest artist Annelise Nielsen (Regan/Choreographer), as well as by Liz Stanton (AEA, Lear), Carolyn Goelzer (AEA, Fool), and Abbie Killeen (AEA, Kent).
WHERE: The green room at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls
WHEN: Monday, December 16, 7pm
HOW MUCH: Suggested donation, sliding scale, $10-$25
SHORT EVENT DESCRIPTION: An intimate sharing of the work-in-progress and developmental process of When the Mind's Free, a collaboratively created contemporary adaptation of King Lear. Seating is extremely limited.
FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: RLT’s Toby Vera Bercovici launches a new work, devised in collaboration with a team of RLT members and guest artists. The working title of the piece is When the Mind’s Free. It lifts language, ideas, and story from Shakespeare’s King Lear and places them in a contemporary context, a day in the life of a family dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
When the Mind's Free explores the relationship of Sound to Time and Mortality: the big, free sounds we make when we are born and as we die, and the moments sound is stifled in between; sound as a radical, feminist act; sound as a means by which we leave our mark upon the world. The language in the piece will be contemporary and is emerging out of situation-based improvisations. The piece is process-driven as much as it is product-oriented, and is grounded in female collaboration.
The sharing at the Shea on Dec. 16th is the first public sharing of this ongoing work since the initial developmental residency at the Dragon's Egg Studio in CT in June 2019, continued in a residency this December in Sunderland. The project will continue to develop in 2020.