The Twins Would Like to Say, Based on a True Story of Two Sisters
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This is a short, but in depth piece in promenade style, meaning you choose your own path...sort of. Often the narrator, Mr. Nobody, is showing you what to watch in this true tale of these displaced twins residing in Wales, through their strange social behavior to their fantastical life they only shared with eachother behind closed doors. It was very engaging, sad and interesting. I would see Dog and Pony's work before it hits it big...excuse me, on its way to the top!
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Very interesting. The audience moves with the actors, although there is no interaction between the audience and actors. I don't want to give too much away, but depending upon where one stands, you can miss some important parts of the play.
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Following the 2008 success of As Told by the Vivian Girls, Dog & Pony Theatre Company presents The Twins Would Like to Say, a devised, promenade performance based on the true story of the Gibbons sisters. This world-premiere production is written and directed by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo and is presented as part of Garage Rep, a Steppenwolf Visiting Company Initiative.
Dog & Pony’s The Twins Would Like to Say breathes life into the extraordinary true story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons. The young girls made a secret and powerful pact that went unbroken for more than 20 years: speak to no one but each other, do everything in unison. But in the privacy of their room, the girls’ fantasy life blossomed as they wrote novels of teenage lust and rebellion.
Seth Bockley (writer/director) is a Chicago-based playwright, director and performer. He won a 2009 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation for Jon, from a story by George Saunders. He has created design-focused theater with several notable Chicago companies including Walkabout (Impossible Cities), Collaboraction (Jon, Deep Blue Sea), and Redmoon (Boneyard Prayer, Laika’s Coffin), where he spent two years as a directing apprentice through TCG’s New Generations program. Current commissions include the book for February House, a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane for the Public Theater’s Musical Theater Initiative, and an adaptation of CommComm by George Saunders, for The Goodman Theatre’s Ofner Prize.
Devon de Mayo* (writer/director) is a founder and associate artistic director of Dog & Pony Theatre Company. She recently directed The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and devised and directed As Told by the Vivian Girls (which won three After Dark Awards and an Orgie Award for Outstanding Production) for Dog & Pony. Her directing credits include: Constriction (Collaboraction Theatre, Sketchbook); 2nd Story (Serendipity Theatre); A Matter of Life and Death, Pool (No Water), Nights at the Circus, The World Over (NHSI – Northwestern University); 52 (Canal Café Theatre, London), Ohio, Impromptu (Studio 7, London), The Spider (Indonesian Institute for the Arts), and Clouds (Dog & Pony). Assistant directing includes: Lady With all the Answers (Northlight), Fahrenheit 451 (Steppenwolf), and The Altruists (Mary-Arrchie). She holds a MFA in Directing from Middlesex University in London. She has also studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Moscow and the Indonesian Institute for the Arts in Bali. She currently serves as the director of arts education at Northlight Theatre.
The Twins Would Like to Say ensemble features Brandon Boler, Paige Collins, Rob Fenton, Kasey Foster, Kathryn Hribar, Teeny Lamothe*, Millie Langford, Ashleigh LaThrop, and Nick Leininger. Understudies include Ethan Dubin, Blake McKay and Emily Shain.