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New Meetup: Fabulous Free Theater @ NCTC's Pipeline

From: Larry
Sent on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 3:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Theater Lovers Meetup!

What: Fabulous Free Theater @ NCTC's Pipeline

When: Monday, February 15,[masked]:30 PM

200 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98112

FESTEN by David Eldridge

Based on the Dogma film & play "The Celebration" by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov and Bo hr. Hansen

Monday, February 15th at 7:30pm.

Directed by internationally acclaimed director Wilson Milam ("The Seafarer" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" at Seattle Rep) and featuring virtually the entire NCTC company, be sure not to miss this emotionally brutal family drama based on the Danish film "The Celebration".

About the Play: Helge is sixty. It is a time of celebration. A time for the family to gather and smooth over the cracks left by the suicide of Linda, twin sister to Christian. As Helge's eldest son, Christian will raise the first toast. Confined within the family house, the guests are rocked by the revelations that pierce and destroy the veneer of middle-class respectability.

The 1998 Danish art-house film The Celebration was a roller coaster of painful emotions and searing revelations about family life. David Eldridge?s stage adaptation is an evening of looming tension?and yet it does not lose life and levity, rather it plays upon Danish rituals of revelry ? the toasts, speeches, songs and games that become perverse conduits for confrontation and evasion. A sense of poisoned high spirits perfumes the air like a noxious laughing gas. In the midst of dinner, Christian makes a startling accusation and, even as the disbelieving guests are choosing sides, the play slowly unwraps the truth.

"An embodiment of what theatre should be ... takes the breath away."?Independent

"Electrifying, shocking, and profoundly moving, this is a thrilling modern tragedy, playing on classical darkness without losing the light. Festen is something to celebrate."?Sunday Times

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