Deep Belly Beautiful: A Sinister Fantasy About Art and Love
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Written in 1978 by acclaimed human rights activist and first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, Protest challenges us to question what we would do if forced to choose between survival and revolution. In this politically fueled play we meet a dissident returning home after imprisonment and a rebel campaigning in protest against a corrupt government. But this distinctive interpretation of the typically male-driven drama will also feature counterparts for the two leads -- two females meant to emphasize the universality of the characters. Protest, once banned from the stage but now revered, is a rallying cry to the responsibility of individuals to take action in the face of political corruption. Learn More
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Featured review from Felicia
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Hmmm... it's my first 'one star' rate... I don't think the acting was bad at all, but the play... I didn't get it at all and felt there was no direction. I guess I am not married to an artist and I don't know what it means. But now seeing this, I am glad:) The one thing I liked- was a small theater so you felt very intimate with the actors.
<p>Love until you can't: Lessons on how to love an artist.</p> <p>Eight deeply flawed characters struggle to achieve a state of grace while caught up in a menacing cycle. Obsessive love challenges morality in theHegira’s world premiere of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Deep Belly Beautiful directed by Danielle A. Drakes at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.</p> <p>Painter Luke has been creatively blocked ever since leaving his sculptress wife Anna Lee for art dealer Elyse. On the eve of their sixth wedding anniversary, Anna Lee decides to resurrect her relationship with Luke. The production plays out like a fairy tale, though one decidedly more Brothers’ Grimm than Walt Disney. An unflinching examination of what it is to love an artist, the fiercely iconoclastic protagonist, Anna Lee, propels us into a world sinister, yet alluring, where revenge, addiction and cannibalism are explored.</p> <p>Drakes says Lawton has conjured a vision, “…where there are no rules, no moral codes. Familial ties and years of devotion do not exempt you from acts of betrayal and violence. Each character is so deeply entrenched in her heartbreak and disappointment; she is blind to the consequences of her actions. No one is spared.”</p>
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