Prison Drama The Island from Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater
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The last date listed for The Island was Friday March 5, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, Our Class is an epic play that's profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London's National Theatre. Ten Polish classmates -- five Catholic and five Jewish -- grow up over the course of the story. Their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class is a groundbreaking play that courageously examines loyalty and treason, individual bravery and collective cowardice and the actions that ripped apart a small community during the Second World War. Learn More
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Featured review from Mo in ChicagoRed Velvet
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This was a very intense piece that was very well done. The actors did a stellar job. The set, props, costumes were appropriately minimalistic. I found it challenging to figure out what some of the pantomimed actions were (ie: when the prisoners were being beaten???)
By Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona
Athol Fugard's daring drama is set in an unnamed prison based on the one where Nelson Mandela was held. John and Winston are cellmates who spend their days doing back-breaking labor, and their nights rehearsing Sophocles' Antigone to present to their fellow inmates. When John learns his sentence is being reduced, the men's friendship is tested. Fugard plays the parallels between Antigone's fight against political and patriarchal boundaries off of the imprisoned men's fight for their dignity. The Island is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.