A drama by Caryl Churchill
Sexual identity and politics explored through the lens of two centuries and one family.
March 29 - April 8, 2012
Department of Theatre & Drama
Arthur Miller Theatre
The Story: Cloud Nine begins in 1880 colonial Africa where a British expatriate family struggles to maintain the sexual mores of the Victorian era. In a place where the natives are restless in more ways than one, the family and friends engage in a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. Act II jumps ahead a century to 1980 London – where the sexual revolution is in full swing. In an unusual twist, the gender and race-bending characters only age 25 years. Exploring, defining and re-defining every aspect of sexual identity, Cloud Nine is a thought-provoking, outrageous comedy.
Background: Described as “the least predictable of contemporary playwrights” by The Daily Telegraph, English dramatist Caryl Churchill is one of the most respected woman writers of her generation. Her best-known works, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, Far Away, and A Number, are remarkably varied in both structure and topic. Combining “a vivid, darkly funny theatrical imagination” (NY Times) with a strong political viewpoint, Churchill has “created some of the most iconic moments in contemporary British theatre…[with an] ability to continually reinvent the form [through] a constant search for new kinds of language and theatrical structures (The Guardian).” Join us for a rare glimpse of this exciting and vibrant playwright with her landmark work that The New York Times called “an evening of inspired lunacy.”
Recommended for mature audiences due to sexual content.
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|Scenic Designer||Catherine Cornell|
|Costume Designer||Rachel Laritz|
|Lighting Designer||Rachael Albert|
|Sound Designer||Henry Reynolds|
|Wig & Makeup Designer||Dawn Rivard|
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