QUEEN OF ARTS: What’s New at the Red House
Mark Your Calenders, Buy Your Tickets for 2013 Productions
By Margaret Edsen
A brilliant and brutally demanding professor (specializing in the life-and-death themes of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets) suddenly finds herself the subject of a cancer research study designed to save her from Ovarian Cancer. According to Margaret Edsen, it’s a play about love and knowledge. And it’s about a person who has built up a lot of skills during her life who finds herself in a new situation where those skills and those great capacities don’t serve her very well. So she has to disarm, and then she has to become a student. She has to become someone who learns new things.
Edsen wanted her to be someone very powerful and I thought she could be a senator or a judge or a doctor even. But then I wanted her to be someone who was skilled in the use of words and skilled in the acquisition of knowledge but very inept and very clumsy in her relations with people on a more simple level. So the play is about simplicity and complications.
See this production at the Red House: Half-price preview on Jan. 16. Regular dates: 8 p.m. Jan. 18; 2 p.m. Jan 19; 8 p.m. Jan. 24; 8 p.m. Jan. 26; 8 p.m. Jan. 30; 8 p.m. Feb 1; 2 p.m. Feb. 2. $25 public/$15 members. To purchase tickets, visit www.theredhouse.org.
By Paula Vogel
The Baltimore Waltz follows a brother and sister who flee a frightening medical diagnosis by embarking on a fantastical trip across Europe. A third actor plays the quirky characters they encounter, including the Little Dutch Boy (at age 50) and Harry Lime, from the classic movie The Third Man. This is a play about processing grief. It’s about the love between brothers and sisters.
“People who are grieving when they come to see the play, tell me that it’s a way to get in touch with their joy. And there’s a lot of joy in grief, there’s a lot of celebration to grief, there’s a lot of comedy in grief.”
– Paul Vogel
See this production at the Red House: Half-price preview on Jan. 17. Regular dates: 8 p.m. Jan. 19; 8 p.m. Jan 23; 8 p.m. Jan. 25; 2 p.m. Jan. 26; 8 p.m. Jan. 31; 8 p.m. Feb. 2. $25 public/$15 members. To purchase tickets, visit www.theredhouse.org.