CAVEAT: I am producing a show in the same venue that is technically in competition with this one for an additional performance (though I do not view mine as a serious contender).
SHOW TITLE: PARIAH, or the Outcast
PRODUCER: Teatro da Bexiga
HAILING FROM: Minneapolis, Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Psychological manipulation, lies, and antagonistic provocations lead two men to probe the depths of each other’s character.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: I don’t properly appreciate Strindberg. It’s up to this show to educate me.
INTERVIEWEE: Adam Houghton (writer/director)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
We are theatre artists who think that theatre plays a significant role in individual’s lives as well as in society generally. Creating and viewing theatre has changed our lives for good and we believe that theatre continually has this potential. Theatre is a complex siren that leads us toward dangerous waters of risk and therefore success is richly rewarding because we are able to communicate truth about our lives.
So what’s the big idea?
“Pariah” is a one-act play by Swedish playwright, August Strindberg. In it, two men provoke and antagonize one another in order to pull off each other’s mask of normality and expose the confusing and complex reality underneath. Some viewers will likely find the play strange like many people find Strindberg’s work, but that strangeness reveals truth about our confusing lives.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
We find life simultaneously wonderful and confusing, so we create theatre in order to make sense of human life. Strindberg’s play uses character action and compelling dialogue to reveal meaning from situations that are both wonderful and confusing. The play reveals truth, and that is why we’re doing it.
Why should I care?
We believe that theatre is a communal experience in which both the spectator and performer seek and find truth in the lively art. Are you seeking truth? On a quest to make more sense of life? This play could reveal truth and sense to you. If you like Strindberg’s other works, you will likely enjoy “Pariah.” If you have never seen a play by Strindberg, this could be a good introduction.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
Hearts pumping, we breathe
Truth as light, yet shadows shroud
Life is theatre
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