Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents
ALFRED AND ME. WHAT, ME WORRY? (The Final Hallucination in Three Parts)
April 12 - 14, 2018
A FUSEBOX project by Michael Sommers
Conceived by Michael Sommers with Pedro Lander and Maren Ward
Sound Design: Dan Duckich
Stage Manager: Stacy Schulz
Alfred: Pedro Lander
Ubu: Maren Ward
Alfred E: Michael Sommers
Open Eye’s co-founder and Artist-In-Residence Michael Sommers creates a new theater piece inspired by the life and work of Alfred Jarry. The French symbolist writer’s most famous character, UBU, provoked hilarity, scandal, and outrage with his grotesque trampling over cultural rules, norms, and conventions.
ALFRED AND ME discovers Alfred Jarry on his death bed, when his creation UBU pays him a last visit. Sommers combines dance, object theater, and inspired puppetry to explore how we create personal monsters—ideas, actions, gestures—that we carry to our grave. It celebrates the monsters we make—and who unmake us.
Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) is best remembered for his satirical, theatrical farce Ubu Roi. (King Ubu). Jarry ultimately composed three Ubu plays, each of which concerns the exploits of his grotesque personification of human greed, ignorance and cowardice—Pe`re Ubu (Pa Ubu). The figure of Ubu is based on schoolboy farces that Jarry and his classmates set down as puppet plays ridiculing their physics teacher. Throughout his life, Jarry continued to create marionette theatre and wrote extensively about the virtue of the puppet and the use of mask in performance.
Jarry may be best remembered for his Ubu plays because they were among the very first expressions of Theatre of the Absurd emphasizing the absurdity of the human condition. This image of Ubu, which Jarry embodied, blurring his life and his art, quickly became an icon of greed and malice that artists continue to respond to and explore. Jarry was also the author of several complex and beautifully crafted symbolist books and as a visual artist he devoted his attention to the woodcut and printed art.
The Gallery will feature sculpture by Michael Sommers.
$15 — General Admission
ONLY 40 tickets per show!
A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online. Pay as able at the door.
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April 12, 7:30pm
April 13, 7:30pm
April 14, 7:30pm
Runtime: 50 minutes
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