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"I think a person has to believe in something, or search out some kind of faith; otherwise life is empty, nothing." ~ Masha, Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov/Sarah Ruhl

Season 10:
Faith & Story

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A Story That Cuts Like a Knife

Friday, June 29, 2018, at 7.30 pm
Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 7.30 pm
Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 2 pm
Derry Opera House

In The Winter’s Tale Polixenes, King of Bohemia, muses on the relationship of art and nature: “Nature is made better by no mean But Nature makes that mean. So, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. . . . The art itself is nature.” I’ve been musing, too, about art and nature, and the human and the divine. For its tenth season, theatre KAPOW is developing an original piece of theatre rooted in the legends, archetypes and arts of the First Peoples. The tentative title of this piece, A Story That Cuts Like a Knife, is derived from an Alaskan Yupik storytelling device, a knife made of bone or ivory or wood that is used by women as an assist in dancing a story, or drawing the story in snow or sand. A good story, it is said, cuts like a knife. The Cree have a different expression: “A good story is the one that lets you live in winter.” The approach to making theater through the archetypes and legends of indigenous peoples offers an opportunity to make an art that integrates layers of experience – of nature, the human, and the divine – and that tells a story that treats the natural, the human, and the divine as fluid categories, always in contact with one another. Perhaps as an ensemble we can discover the “art that nature makes.” - Peter Josephson