David Hare’s The Blue Room explores the decadence and emptiness of human encounters
Published on January 25 2013
January 25, 2013
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
David Hare's The Blue Room explores the decadence and the emptiness of human encounters
How does one distinguish between realistic expectations and romantic ideals? The Department of Dramatic Arts explores this question in their production of The Blue Room: A Play in Ten Intimate Acts, running February 14, 15 and 16, 2013, to be held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at Brock University.
David Hare’s The Blue Room follows ten sexual encounters between ten couples in ten scenes. One character from each scene is in the next scene, so that A sleeps with B who sleeps with C who sleeps with ... until we get right back to A. The play is a reflection on men and women, sex and social class, and the shifting status of relationships – both social and personal, while looking at casual sexual encounters as a (mostly) unsatisfactory substitute for human connection.
The Blue Room is David Hare's 1998 adaptation of Schnitzler's Reigen (La Ronde), first produced in 1921. Directed by Virginia Reh, with scenography by David Vivian, and lighting by Ken Garrett, this second mainstage production of the Department of Dramatics 2012/13 Season showcases the talents of students in the undergraduate program: Erica Charles, Kevin Chew, Emma Strong, Michael Caccamo, Rachelle Lauzon, Nick Leno, Shauna James, Chris Chapman, Kendra Neaves, Matt Da Costa, Stephanie Neale, and Assistant Director Jessie Robinson.
Reh states, “While moving away from the oft-cited “daisy chain” configuration of the play, we are pursuing the idea of random connection and separation (like particles bouncing off each other). The circularity of the structure evokes dances and rituals. We are also interrogating various aspects of risk.”
Performances are held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University on February 14, 15, and 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée performance on February 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; $10 for groups; and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905.688.5550 x3257 or visit: http://arts.brocku.ca/ For more information about this production and the Department of Dramatic Arts visit: http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/dramatic-arts/ev... This play contains coarse language and mature scenes, and is not recommended for youth under 16.
Such productions from the Department of Dramatic Arts are an integral part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.
Media Day: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6 p.m., held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University.