Pumpgirl from Award-Winning Irish Playwright Abbie Spallen
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In Florencia in the Amazon, a famous opera singer embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey up the famous South American river in a tale inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera). Along the way, the opera's female lead, Florencia Grimaldi, hopes to track down her long-lost lover, but her fellow travelers are beset by storms and become carried deeper into the rain forest, guided by a mystical river creature. The first Spanish-language commission by a major U.S. opera company, Florencia in the Amazon features a shimmering, romantic score by Daniel Catán and a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke takes the starring role in this Washington National Opera premiere. Learn More
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Featured review from KJH
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Although the play's run is finished, I do encourage people to attend events at this venue and by this production company Solas Nua. They always choose works that are raw and evokes emotion. Whether you like the play or not, you will always get high-quality performances and walk away with questions and contemplations, which is always a good thing (IMHO).
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A very "real" play, with no frills and a very intimate setting. Brilliant acting leaves the spectator feeling like he or she has just caught a glimpse into an eruptive love triangle. I really enjoyed it and I recommend others to check it out! ...continued
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Abbie Spallen received the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Pumpgirl_.
“Playwright Abbie Spallen…is part of a new generation of Irish writers and filmmakers who are tackling weighty contemporary issues, forming a representation of the country that goes beyond the classics.” —_New York Times
“Another small treasure from the ever venturesome Solas Nua.”—Potomac Stages
“All three actors give enthrallingly nuanced performances.” — Examiner.com
Pumpgirl works in the garage in the borderlands between north and south, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. She’s sweet on “No helmet” Hammy, who drives all thoughts of his dead-end job at the chicken farm out of his head with wild nights out racing stock cars with the lads. But his marriage to Sinead’s running out of fuel and she dreams of a joyride of her own, which will entangle their lives even further after one fateful night.
Abbie Spallen’s play charts the humours and horrors of these three lives on a collision course with fantastically rich contemporary language, when the characters share their unspoken thoughts and darkest desires directly with the audience. The result is razor-sharp storytelling at its rawest and most compelling – by turns hilarious, chilling and touching, revealing a major new voice in Irish writing.
About the Ticket Supplier: Solas NuaSolas Nua is a non-profit arts organization that seeks out both feted and obscure work by contemporary artists in Ireland to promote awareness of modern Irish culture in Washington D.C.
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