Red Letter Theater's PHEDRA'S LOVE Plays 8/27-30 At Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

Red Letter Theater's PHEDRA'S LOVE Plays 8/27-30 At Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

Notoriously scandalous British playwright Sarah Kane radically reworks Seneca's classical tragedy of incest and unrequited lust in the highly anticipated production of Red Letter Theater's Phaedra's Love, a brutal dark comedy exploring the themes of obsession, desire, and honesty. First debuted at the Gate, London in 1996, this regional premiere is directed and designed by Red Letter Theater Artistic Director David Hanzal, and features a host of some of the Twin Cities' favorite actors plus some wonderful new faces. Hailed as a play "delivered with punch and laced with black humor" (Financial Times) with writing that is "both daring and accomplished" (Time Out) and bursting with "sulphurous dialogue... full of reeking toughness" (Evening Standard), Phaedra's Love is "pure theater. Or rather, impure theater: dirty, alarming, dangerous" (Observer). Phaedra's Love also serves as the inaugural production of Red Letter Theater. This activity made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

Red Letter Theater presents the regional premiere of PHAEDRA'S LOVE, by Sarah Kane, August 27-30, 2009 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Ticket Prices $12, $10 students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more


General admission: 612.825.8949 (Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater box office)
To obtain free tickets for press, or arrange for interviews with the cast and crew, please contact producer David Hanzal at 651.338.9425 or via e-mail at

Performance Schedule

Thursday, August 27 7:00 P.M. - opening
Friday, August 28 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, August 29 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, August 30 7:00 P.M. - ASL-interpreted performance & post-show discussion; closing
Doors open at 6:00 P.M. on all performances for dining and drinking.


Phaedra's Love is Sarah Kane's contemporary, radical reworking of Seneca's classical tragedy. Hippolytus (Nicholas Leeman), the spoiled prince, is driven to a reclusive life. Emotions, love in particular, and need of any type are an unbearable threat to him. His uncontrollable sexual impulse, which would otherwise draw him into contact with others, must express itself in masturbation and the humiliation of his sexual partners. Phaedra (Heather Stone), his stepmother, is desperately in love with him. Her drive to submit herself to the impossibility of her desire, to lose herself within it, is the opposite of Hippolytus. Phaedra's longing for Hippolytus forms the second of the twin impulses that move this contemporary royal family towards a violent destruction. With additional performances by Helen Buron, Kayla Hambek, Peter Heeringa, Eva Nelson, Jonathan Peterson, Steve Ramirez, Andrew Sass, Linda Saetre, Larissa Shea, this Red Letter production will also feature wigs by David Pipho, who previously designed for the Jungle Theater's critically-acclaimed production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, cutting-edge fashion designs by local artist Megan Wannarka, and an original score by experimental percussionist Dylan Jack.

About the Playwright- Sarah Kane (February 3, 1971 - February 20, 1999)

October 1989: Kane begins studying drama at Bristol University. In the course of her studies, she writes three twenty-minute monologues - Comic Monologue, Starved, and What She Said.
July 1992: Kane graduates from Bristol University with a First Class Honors Degree.
October 1992: Kane begins an MA in playwrighting at Birmingham University.
July 1993: After her first year at Birmingham, Kane completes the first two scenes of Blasted, which are given a workshop performance.
March 1994: Kane becomes a literary associate at the Bush Theatre in London, where she works while finishing Blasted.

January 18, 1995: Blasted, directed by James McDonald, debuts at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. The play's graphic portrayal of rape and violence stirs huge controversy among critics and the public, sending Kane to the front pages of newspapers and tabloids.
October 1995: Skin, an eleven-minute film written by Kane and directed by Vincent O'Connell, is first screened at the London Film Festival. It is eventually aired on Channel 4, a British television station, in June 1997.

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