Brave New World Repertory Theatre to Present MAJOR BARBARA in May
Brooklyn's acclaimed Brave New World Repertory Theatre (BNW) presents George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, presented over four weeks - May 6, 7, 13, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
One hundred years after its premiere on Broadway, Major Barbara's examination of government-funded war and the nature of power stand the test of time. In this comedy, George Bernard Shaw pits Salvation Army officer Barbara against her armaments manufacturer father, and questions how human dignity and even faith can be bought.
The McKinney Chapel at Brooklyn's First Unitarian provides a minimalist environment that amplifies the themes of the play, says director Shannon Sindelar. "The arguments about religion, faith, and the nature of charity fit well in this space," she says. "Our staging uses Salvation Army March-influenced movement to define the transitions between scenes, with the audience seated in an alley configuration. The clash between the respective viewpoints of father and daughter on war and morality create an explosive environment and through this stripped-down, 'poor theatre' approach, we are presenting a world that is dynamic, lean and agile."
BNW's Major Barbara will be presented in one act.
Director Shannon Sindelar is the producing artistic director of Brave New World Rep. Directing credits include the world premieres of RN Healey's NUN$ (Brave New World Rep), Sara Farrington's REQUIEM FOR BLACK MARIE (Incubator Arts Project), Miranda Huba's CANDY TASTES NICE (HERE), the New York premieres of Tennessee Williams' THE REMARKABLE ROOMING HOUSE OF MME. LEMONDE (Target Margin) and Jason Grote's A CHRISTMAS CAROL (The Brick), and the Cleveland premieres of Bathsheba Doran's KIN and C. Denby Swanson's THE NORWEGIANS (Dobama). Previously, she was the co-Artistic Director of the cross media performance group 31 Down, and for five years directed the company's productions, including HERE AT HOME (Bushwick Starr), RED OVER RED (Incubator Arts Project), THE ASSEMBER DILATOR (PS 122), I USED TO BE CURIOUS (LOUD) (Prelude Festival), UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (Ontological) and THE SCREAM CONTEST (PS 122/Bumbershoot).