The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
A Blood Moon Rises...
Oscar Wilde's Salomé Opens February 8!
"I am writing a play about a woman dancing with her bare feet in the blood of a man she has craved for and slain." —Oscar Wilde (1891)
Oscar Wilde's Salomé reimagines the Biblical story of the legendary dance of Salomé and the abhorrent death of John the Baptist. Banned by The Lord Chamberlain in 1892 before it was even produced, Salomé still has the power to unsettle and inflame.
It is Herod's birthday (2017 Daily Star Mac Award winner Christopher Younggren), and tonight he should be the happiest man in the world. Yet the Tetrarch has a somber look. The guests that surround him are masked, playing their obeisant parts while waiting for their moment to grab a piece of Herod's power. Set against the backdrop of cultures clashing as one by one they fall to Rome, the conditions are ripe for revolution…
Salomé (Gabriella De Brequet), attempting to escape her stepfather's party, encounters the prophet Jokanaan (Hunter Hnat), imprisoned in a cistern. Salomé grows fascinated with the prisoner, even as he hurls insults and threatens devastation. As mad ravings—or prophetic truths—fall from his lips, Salomé strikes a bargain with her lecherous stepfather—she will dance for him, in exchange for Jokanaan's head. In a subversion of the typical striptease, this Dance of the Seven Veils, choreographed by Allie Knuth and scored by Music Director Paul Amiel, depicts a spellbinding ascension to power as Salomé takes control of the court.
Wilde's Salomé casts an eerie light on the relationship between desire and power and the destruction that can ensue, questioning our ability to act selflessly, humanly—or at all.
Our sustainability depends on you!
The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre seeks to create a space in which local artists and audience of all ages can explore deep and provocative questions regarding self, tribe, life, death and what it ultimately means to be human.
We seek to accomplish this by:
- Offering our community an annual season of high quality, challenging theatrical works ranging from classics to new;
- Providing youth with classes, mentorship and performance opportunities through which we will cultivate the next generation of Tucson theatre artists, with emphasis on collaboration, imagination, inquiry, and training;
- Renovating, maintaining, and making available an affordable, quality performance space to the local artist community, with particular emphasis on work relevant to Tucson and the Southwest.
How you can help
- Sponsor a student to attend our youth workshops who otherwise may not afford to attend ($175).
- Sponsor an actor in an upcoming production: Salomé, There is a Happiness that Morning Is, Mr. Burns. ($250-500).
- Other sponsorship & contribution options are available - write to us!
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Bryan, Elizabeth & Your Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre Team
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