"Isn't it better to be put away somewhere safe than to get sent out to a world without a heart."
We all know the fairy tale about Bluebeard, who keeps his wives hostage, insisting that they be obedient to his will. It’s clearly a tale of patriarchal rule.
But how do we react to the tale when the controller is a mother bent on protecting her daughters?
25 years after the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (well, maybe... maybe not) four girls are brought up in an abandoned church, never allowed out by the girls' mother, Blue. Pericles Snowdon's playful and beautifully-written play explores parenthood, political subjugation, gender politics, betrayal, and the apocalypse. The play is dark, creepy and engaging, with a touch of dark humor.
A West Coast Premiere. Directed by David Domkoski.
The cast includes Nicole Lockett, Kaylie Raner, Heather Christopher, Annie Green, Cherilyn Williams and Kathi Aleman. Production design by Erin Chanfrau.
The Assemblage Theater's production of Bluebeard is funded thrugh a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Special thanks to Urban Grace Church and Petrich Marine Dock.
From The News Tribune, June 7, 2013
"As you sit against the chapel walls just 3 feet from the six actresses who play out this scary, post-apocalyptic reworking of the kidnapping fairy tale, you’re catapulted into the play’s dungeon world and you lose all anchors to knowledge and truth. It’s what Snowdon intended, and Domkoski and his cast achieve it brilliantly through a perfect venue and acting that keeps the tension gripping until the end."
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