ASHEVILLE NC – An ensemble created event/play/occurrence/experience, directed by guest director Samantha Johns from Minneapolis.
Show Dates: November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 @ 8pm
Anam Cara Theatre 203 Haywood Road West Asheville NC
Tickets: $10 in advance / $12 at the door. Call 828. 545.3861 or email [email protected] for reservations
About the Show:
“Things I’d Rather Not Say” is a collaborative performance-collage created with human bodies and minds. Visionary director Samantha Johns guides a group of performers through a workshop process of creation with text, objects, thoughts and play. We begin with text by Savannah Reich, a script that is not so much a script as it is a treasure box of ideas and images, a grab bag of words, or a diving board. From this starting point the group will collectively find their way to a piece of theatre concerned with yearning towards something you can’t see, living with desperate needs you can’t understand, and not learning from your mistakes.
Samantha Johns is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Theater Arts. Johns divides her time between directing, acting, choreography, scenic designing and scenic painting. Johns has worked with such companies as Bedlam Theatre, Jungle Theater, History Theater, Penumbra Theater, Flaneur Theatre, Four Humors Theatre, CatFish, and Anagram Painting. Director of Dali’s Liquid Ladies [#1 in Daily Planet’s top ten productions of 2009], and co-creator of The Thing [#1 in Daily Planet’s top ten productions of 2010] with George McConnell and crew. Recently accepted in the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening. She is currently trying to find a future for this thing we call Theatre.
Savannah Reich is a playwright and theater maker based out of Minneapolis, MN. She has worked extensively with the Bedlam Theatre and with The CatFish, a company that she co-founded with Samantha Johns. The CatFish has self-produced and toured three full length new works, as well as various shorter pieces. Savannah’s most recent project was working on a collaboratively created piece of installation theatre titled “The RMS Duchess of York” in which the audience was led through an evening on a cruise ship. She is currently interested in working with actors to create dynamic theatre that is specific to the time and place of its performance, and with finding ways to empower audiences without encouraging them to throw things at the performers.
Anam Cara Theatre Company aims to produce progressive work that provides audiences and company members alike, with an experience that makes evident the eternal connection of all humanity, in turn promoting social change, and striving for the equality of all people.
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