“Years. And a girl is just a story,
and a woman’s shame is un-felt,
and the boy grows up
with a cruel mouth
and a vindictive heart,
and feels no remorse
for what he has done.
It’s paying time. I feel it.”
12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)
By Caridad Svich
Directed by Amanda Friou, 2nd year MFA director
Part of Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival
February 16 – 25
Previews February 13 & 15
Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre, University of Washington
In a neo-Elizabethan Appalachia, Ophelia rises out of the water, dreaming of Pop-Tarts and imagining how things might have gone differently for her. Hamlet is here, as Rude Boy. Gertrude is a brothel madam, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern her androgynous helpers. Playwright Caridad Svich constructs a beguiling lyrical landscape out of broken desires and repaired ambitions.