Performing Arts - Theater | March 16 – 17, 2019 every day | 2-3:30 p.m. | Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)
TDPS presents three one-act plays directed by TDPS students:
Silence (1969) by British playwright Harold Pinter, directed by Benjamin Arsenault
Springtime (1989) by Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés, directed by Gabriela Pool
Footfalls (1976) by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, directed by Marie Shelton
About the Plays
Unlike more traditional works, Silence relegates a sense of plot to the periphery, and works more to explore the characters' interpretations and recollections of the events of their lives. It explores the way our perception of the past can vary from person-to-person, and can even change for ourselves as we age and our view of personal experience begins to blend and reform. The play exists almost as an anthology of half-remembered things and analyzes the way we cling to our memories, trying to piece together the few fractured and fleeting moments that we retain and deem our "history."
Footfalls explores grief and loss in a deeply expressive way: the onstage actress is confined to pacing nine-steps, back and forth, at the front of the stage. Slow and methodical, Footfalls presents us with a story that underpins a lived experience by participating, our own stories and experiences of grief and loss may be challenged and reinforced. The woman, together with the mysterious voice she suddenly hears, allows us to reflect on the rituals we all keep to preserve the dead and the lost from falling out of our memories.
Springtime examines the values of heteronormative marriage and subverts the roles to portray a beautiful story between two womxn. Fornés uses the relationship of these womxn to explore and dissect the values pledged through marriage vows, leading, as Fornés states, the humanity [to be] not so much in the character, but in the situation."
$10 for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $15 for general admission