Marian and More
iDiOM Theater’s loaded summer lineup
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
If a playwright contacts you an hour before showtime to ask if you want to be her date to view the short play she penned the night before, say yes.
That was the case last Friday, when I joined iDiOM Theater stalwart Krissa Woiwod at the Sylvia Center for the Arts for a viewing of the 49th iteration of the 48 Hour Theater Festival—one of the offerings recently added on to an already ambitious summer lineup of shows.
Entering through the back door of the voluminous space, we passed a number of tights-clad members castmembers of Marian, or the True Story of Robin Hood. They were leaving the building as we were coming in, and would soon share the “gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing take on the classic outlaw legend” with an audience gathered down the hill at Maritime Heritage Park.
Because she wrote instead of acting or directing in Friday’s lineup—five short plays all based on the theme “House of the Rising Sisters”—Woiwod only found out when we arrived that one of the actors in her work, “Re-Enactment (OF DEATH),” had to pull out midafternoon, leaving director Linnaea Groh to memorize her lines and do double duty by appearing onstage.
“I’m pretty sure I was napping while that was happening,” Woiwod said with a guilty look as we took our seats and prepared to watch the works that had been written the previous night and brought to life by teams of actors and directors in the hours before their debuts.
By the time the stage lights revealed the stories—of siblings dealing with their father’s death by taking hallucinogenic mushrooms and camping out on his front lawn, mysterious bodies, ghostly shadow sisters clogging up an old house’s pipes, dysfunctional relationships, and disappearing children—a brand-new play based on that night’s theme was already in the works.
Patrons can view the “Hotbox” offering Aug. 17-18, when it comes to life at the center’s Lucas Hicks Theater (which will also be the scene of a Deakin Hicks album release concert Sun., Aug. 19). The full-length play will have been written, rehearsed and performed in just a week’s time. After seeing what the powers that be at iDiOM can do in just 48 hours, rest assured that what you’ll see will be worth your time.
I haven’t yet seen Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, and plan to catch one of the remaining free shows happening Aug. 16-18 at Maritime Heritage Park—which will also be setting of Aphra Behn’s comedic play The Rover Aug. 23-25.
The added lineup also includes a “Talking Godot” lecture Aug. 30, and an Open House and season launch Aug. 31.
Before your summer calendar fills up completely, make plans to attend one of more of these events—don’t wait for a last-minute invitation.
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