Monday, July 10, 2006
Minotaurs. Toreros. July 20-23 in New London
NEW LONDON: The Planning Stage presents Minotaurs. Toreros. a new play by Kato McNickle, July 20 - 23 at the Golden Street Gallery, 95 Golden St., New London, CT. Performances Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday July 21 & 22 at 7:00 and 8:30 PM, and Sunday July 23 at 6:00 PM. Seating is limited, a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10 at the door. For information go to http://members.aol.com/theplanningstage.
Minotaurs. Toreros. is written and directed by Kato McNickle, featuring Kathryn Downie as MIURA, Dylan Wardwell as MANOLETE, Mary Tuomanen as ELEANORA, and Mark DeSouza as ROMERA.
Minotaurs. Toreros. is a fantastic fusion of myth, flamenco, and the poetry of Lorca.
A woman matador prepares for a fight while a boy finds a magic ring, a beautiful young woman in blue finds a yellow bead, and a gypsy casts a spell. Through magic and the lifting of capes a boy makes a wish to know his mother in her younger days, before he was born. In those days she was a famous and beautiful matador. He discovers the woman who would become his mother, he sees her life, and begins to understand her nature, a labyrinth that winds and twists, obscuring and unraveling the true nature of things. Minotaurs. Toreros. is a pattern, where the play itself becomes the puzzle to be solved.
The Planning Stage is a new play development project focusing on works by playwrights living in Southeastern Connecticut presenting plays in multiple formats, including concert readings, staged readings, and workshop productions. Minotaurs. Toreros. marks the first workshop production presented by the project. It also marks the ninth teaming of McNickle and Downie as playwright and actor either locally or in New York, and their first venture as co-producers.
Last September playwright Kato McNickle was in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts studying for three weeks with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel. Each of the three weekends the seven resident playwrights would embark on a 48-hour challenge to write a play, called a bake-off. The myth of the Minotaur was the subject chosen by the playwrights the first week of the residency, an experiment to see what happens when a group of playwrights write “the same play.” Of course, every play was extremely different from every other. One of the results of this challenge was Minotaurs. Toreros.