November 05, 2012
Cloud 9 & Balm in Gilead Openings
: Costume rendering by Kat Stromberger.
Two Cornish productions of contemporary classics open the same night, Wednesday, November 7, at Raisbeck Performance Hall and 9th Avenue Studios.
At Raisbeck Performance Hall on the Cornish Campus off Denny Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 opens November 7 under the direction of Timothy McCuen Piggee and co-produced by the Cornish departments of Theater and Performance Production. Cloud 9, a time-shifting comedy by the renowned author of Top Girls, created a sensation Off-Broadway when it opened in 1981. Set in colonial Africa and contemporary London, Churchill’s groundbreaking work challenges our preconceptions about gender and sexuality, as much today as it did 30 years ago. A modern classic.
Cloud 9 contains subject matter that may not be appropriate for children under 14.
Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 plays at Raisbeck Nov. 7-10 at 8 pm; Nov. 10 and 11 at 2 pm.
Also opening November 7 but at the 9th Avenue Studios is Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson. Wilson, who passed away only last year, has become recognized as one of the great writers of the contemporary American stage; this, his first full-length play, was an immediate hit when it appeared in 1965. “There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole …” goes the old spiritual. The walking wounded in Lanford Wilson’s sprawling play are the denizens of New York’s lower East Side, who drift in and out of an all-night café. Boozers and losers, searchers and runners, whores and junkies, con men and hit men all jostle each other looking for a cup of coffee and a shot at redemption.
The production, directed by Jane Jones, runs from Wednesday, November 7, to Sunday, November 11. The 9th Avenue Studios are in South Lake Union at 427 9th Avenue North.
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