THE EVENTS by David Greig Opens Oct 27 at Third Rail
In the rehearsal room of a community choir, Claire and her colleague encounter a visitor who makes an impossible demand: "I have one bullet left. Which one of you is it for?" A flash. An instant. One moment is all it takes to irrevocably change a life, a family, and a community.Weaving together bold theatricality, unflinching storytelling, and live local community choirs, David Greig's daring and powerful play explores our desire to fathom the unfathomable and asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity.
Dates: Oct 27 - Nov 18, 2017, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm.Location: Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 [Editors, please note venue for this Third Rail production.] Tickets Available: By phone at 503-235-1101 or online at thirdrailrep.org. Winner of a 2013 Scotsman Fringe First Award.
David Greig is an award-winning playwright whose work encompasses theatre, radio and film. He took up his post as Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh, in June 2016.Plays include Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart(Tron/National Theatre of Scotland), Midsummer (Traverse/Soho Theatre/Tricycle), Dunsinane (RSC at Hampstead Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland), Damascus (Traverse and Tricycle), Outlying Islands (Traverse/Royal Court), The American Pilot(RSC), Pyrenees (Paines Plough), The Cosmonaut's Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union (Donmar Warehouse/PainesPaines Plough) and The Architect and Europe (Traverse). Adaptations include The Suppliant Women (Lyceum), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse), The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival), Tintin in Tibet (Barbican/Playhouse Theatre/UK tour), When the Bulbul Stopped Singing (Traverse/Amnesty International/Tapwater Award/Herald Angel), Caligula (Donmar Warehouse), Peter Pan (National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse/Barbican) and the book for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Drury Lane). Greig's work for children and young people includes The Monster in the Hall, Yellow Moon (TMA Award for Best Show for Children and Young People and Brian Way Award for Best Children's Play), and Dr Korczak's Example for Tag Theatre Company, Glasgow and Gobbo (National Theatre of Scotland). Third Rail continues its season of plays that deeply resonate with our world today.Of the tragic shooting in his play (a work of fiction based on an actual occurrence), David Greig has said, "The really sort of unbearable thing is that these events appear to happen, and we appear to be unable to stop them from happening." Portland audiences will no doubt recognize the terrible pattern, and their own attempts to understand. The use of a choir is an important element in The Events, and several community choirs will be performing during the production's run at Third Rail. Among other duties, each choir sings a signature song from its repertoire, and learns a set of seven other pieces - a mix of traditional hymns and songs written for the play. Each group's reasons for taking up this challenge are as varied as the choirs themselves. The inclusion of different local choirs brings an immediacy and improvisational quality to the audience at every performance. Cast members Maureen Porter and Joseph Gibson, director Scott Yarbrough and musical director Mont Chris Hubbard can each offer their perspective of how the rotating personnel informs their work.
Photo Credit: Owen Carey