SLIGHTLY ASKEW THEATRE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: APHRA BEHN EMERGING ARTISTS’ FESTIVAL

MARCH 10-12, 2017 at 8pm
CENTENE CENTER FOR ARTS AND EDUCATION, 3547 OLIVE STREET

SATE celebrates its tenth year producing theatre in St. Louis with the Season of Adaptation.The season will examine the state of being adapted: what it means to change something; to become relevant to a new or special application or situation by both adapting previously known works into stage adaptations and by exploring themes within scripted plays that deal with characters adapting to some kind of environment.

For its third production of the Season of Adaptation, SATE will present a showcase of original material through its inaugural Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival. This new festival will consist of three new plays written and directed by promising female artists. The initiative is named for the British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, Aphra Behn broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Each play will be presented on each day of the festival.

SATE presents the Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival, March 10-12 (Friday-Saturday) at 8:00pm, at Centene Center for Arts and Education (4th Floor Ballroom), 3547 Olive Street.

The Festival includes the following new plays:

Deflowered
by Erin Renée Roberts
directed by Sophie Powell
performance ensemble: Erin Renée Roberts

In her play Deflowered, Erin Renée Roberts utilizes the biblical text of CORINTHIANS 13 as the foreground for her abstract interpretation of the loss of one’s virginity & the discovery of love. Simplistically shaped by the text and imagery, the piece was written to allude to the romantic, sensuality of spring; the arousing, innocence of youth; and the waning beauty of our physical selves. The piece contains a “choose your own adventure” ending that mirrors the different experiences of love, which begs for more than one viewing.

Life Ever After
by Alyssa Ward
directed by Kate McAllister
performance ensemble: Nicole Angeli, Elizabeth Van Pelt

In Life Ever After, Liz, an aspiring novelist who has recently committed suicide, meets Agnes, who works as an administrative assistant in the afterlife. Liz struggles to understand and deal with the consequences of her recent death and learns to accept her journey into the unknown. Agnes, submitting to the demands of her never-ending job with her usual cynicism, helps Liz on her journey back to Earth.

The Music of the Goddess
by Shualee Cook
directed by Kristin Rion
performance ensemble: Michael Pierce, Lex Ronan, Carolyn Sealy, Chris Ware, John Wolbers

On the eve of her orchestral debut, violinist Clara Reisenberg finds she can barely even pick up her bow. But if certain divine beings have their way, it may be more of a beginning than an end. A mythic account of gods, demi-gods and the invention of theremin, The Music of the Goddess is inspired by the life and music of Clara Reisenberg-Rockmore.

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Photo by Joey Rumpell; Pictured: Top Row (from left to right) Kate McAllister, Alyssa Ward, Erin Renée Roberts; Bottom row (from left to right) Kristin Rion, Shualee Cook

The production stage manager for the Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival is Kristen Strom. Lighting design by Ben Lewis and costumes by Liz Henning.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased with cash, check or at Brown Paper Tickets. Please call (314) 827-5760, email info@slightlyoff.org or visit the SATE website at slightlyoff.org for more information.

 SATE’s Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Festival is made possible by funding from Missouri Arts Council, the Siteman Family Foundation, and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.