A letter from Chris Goodrich, Co-Artistic Director of Unexpected Stage, the Washington, D.C.--area professional theatre company that earned raves for last summer's area premiere of Candy and Dorothy--and director of this summer's productions:
I am thrilled to direct Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and Susan Glaspell's Trifles--in conversation with one another--this July and August. In a double-bill, these short plays offer a tantalizing meal of menace and hidden agendas, which allow audience members to actively particpate by drawing their own conclusions.
In his dark comedy, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, introduces us to Gus and Ben, two hit men waiting in an abandoned basement for their next victim. As the building's dumbwaiter starts to move and the tension between the two men builds, it becomes clear that things are not as they seem. Pinter's world has always intrigued me, and as much as I am able to enter with both eyes open and my flashlight turned on, I always walk away with more questions than answers. What lives underneath noble human intentions? What tensions ultimately boil over the surface? What darkness can we control and what darkness must we accept? And then there are those silences! Lives are made and destroyed within them.
First performed in 1916, Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is equally ominous and intriguing. It has become one of the best-known American one-act plays thanks to its compelling exploration of power between the sexes. Her characters find a way to exist within a male dominated world while at the same time slyly rejecting it. Both plays figure out a way to move within the pain, sorrow, and rejoicings that fundamentally define what it is to be human--to want, to aspire, and ultimately, to settle.
To celebrate this unique double-bill, we've matched our giving levels to reflect the power of 2. We've also augmented our donor benefits this year to include items like hats, t-shirts, complimentary tickets, and more! Help us start this conversation. We want to solve the mystery with you.
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