Salomé Opens This Weekend!
Ah! I have kissed thy mouth, Jokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth.
There was a bitter taste on thy lips. Was it the taste of blood? . . .
But perchance it is the taste of love. . .
Join us for striking performance of Salomé - featuring the language of Oscar Wilde, the music of Paul Amiel with Anton Shekerjiev, and the choreography of Allison Knuth.
The Preview is tonight (reduced price tickets) followed by our Opening tomorrow. Two weekends only, get your tickets now!
"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.
We look forward to sharing this beautiful evening with you!
-Elizabeth, Bryan and the Company at The Scoundrel & Scamp.
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