IRON CROW THEATRE PRESENTS MOST ‘CONTROVERSIAL CLASSIC’ SEEN ON A BALTIMORE STAGE THIS SEASON, CARYL CHURCHILL’S CLOUD 9!
HIGHLY ACCLAIMED 17/18 SEASON OF IDENTITY CONTINUES FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH
BALTIMORE, Maryland - January, 22 2018: Iron Crow Theatre is set to open Caryl Churchill’s, ‘controversial’ masterwork, Cloud 9 as the second half of the highly acclaimed and award-winning 17/18 Season of Identity continues. A comedic romp exploring the fluidity of gender, sexuality, and identity, Churchill's masterpiece bends time, gender, race, and genre. A comedy of manners that spans centuries, Cloud 9 is a smart, satirical look at gender politics and sexual oppression across the ages. Written in 1978, this modern classic offers witty social commentary, controversial casting requirements, and if that weren't enough, time-travel! Taking us from the corsets of colonial Africa to the sexual liberation of 1970's England, Churchill’s parody pokes fun at nearly every permutation of human sexuality, and reminds us why the playwright remains a feminist hero and icon today.
“What better way to continue our 17/18 Season of Identity, than with Caryl Churchill’s quintessential queer piece exploring identity, and the results of it’s repression/oppression, especially at the birth of the New Year”, said Sean Elias, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Dr. Natka Bianchini has orchestrated an outstanding production and I am beyond honored to have her talents here at Iron Crow Theatre.”
“Spanning two continents and two centuries, Cloud 9 is a wild and hilarious romp that explores (and explodes) notions of sexual politics, male power, and gender identity”, said Guest Director Dr. Natka Bianchini. “Long before Judith Butler argued that gender is not a fixed or immutable category, Caryl Churchill has been playfully deconstructing gender roles and stereotypes onstage. In Cloud 9, gender and racial identity, as well as sexual orientation, are all improvisational performances that are constantly being constructed by the characters. It is this performativity, imbued with Churchill’s trademark wit and humor, that speaks to audiences in 2018 as urgently as it did to the play’s first audiences four decades ago. A play about 1880 British Colonial Africa and 1980 London, Cloud 9 is as timely and relevant as ever in our current environment of identity politics, intersectionality, and the #metoo movement.”
Written by Caryl Churchill and Directed by Dr. Natka Bianchini. Stage Management by Julie Anderson. Set Design by Megan Suder, Lighting Design by Alec Lawson with Costume Design by Heather C. Jackson. Assistant Lighting Design by Shaunice White and Technical Consult by Allison Peoples. Fight Choreography by James Bunzli with Teresa Spencer serving as Dialect Coach. Sound Design by Devyn Deguzman with original music composed by Sean Creedon.
Starring: Kathryne Daniels✝, Tavish Forsyth, Nick Fruit✝, Jonas David Grey, Barbara Madison Hauck, Matthew Lindsay Payne, and Kristina Szilagyi
✝ Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Artistic Associate.
Tickets are available for purchase online via www.ironcrowtheatre.org/cloud9. Pricing is $30.00 for General Admission, $25.00 for Seniors, Educators, Veterans and Active Service Members and $15.00 for Students. Performances begin Friday, January 26th and run through Sunday, February 4th.
Friday, January 26: 8:00pm - Opening Night Celebration & Reception
Saturday, January 27: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, January 28: 5:30pm
Thursday, February 1: 7:00pm - NEW! After Shows With The Crows Programming
Friday, February 2: 8:00pm
Saturday, February 3: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, February 4: 5:30pm
IRON CROW THEATRE produces queer theatre for a queer city; celebrating the renegade and the unorthodox, in all of us.
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