The Saint Plays

Poster for student production of The Saint Plays

By Erik Ehn

December 5-7, 2007

Director: Nephelie Andonyadis
Stage Manager: Tanya Apuya
Set Designer: Haley Keim
Costume Designer: Michaela Petrovich
Lighting Designer: Chris Akerlind
Sound Designer: Dan Cork

Last fall on the Second Stage, the Theatre Arts Department was proud to share a work-shop production of 5 texts from Erik Ehn's ongoing series "The Saints Plays". Included in the UofR performance were:WHOLLY JOAN'S (Joan of Arc), 16670 (Maximillion Mary Kolbe), THE FREAK (George), TREE OF HOPE, KEEP FIRM (Mary, the Annunciation), and LITTLE SISTER DEATH (Francis)

The diverse collection of plays is part of an ongoing cycle loosely based on the lives of saints and biblical characters. Placing the protagonists and their suffering in a modern context, the playwright produces what he calls "contemporary fairy tales for the stage." Viewing the exploded biography of a Saint as "a human mandala - a life in a ritual shape held up as a focus for contemplation," Ehn writes plays for an esthetic he names Big Cheap Theater, inviting the symbolic awareness of our own path in an open ended creative continuum.

Directed by Nephelie Andonyadis, the cast and collaborative team investigated these dense and poetic plays with a curious and exploratory mindset, using a variety of theatrical approaches and styles to unlock their rhythms, patterns and ritual forms, and to discover their visual, visceral and aural possibilities. Weaving a variety of puppetry styles into the works, and incorporating design elements into the process, this workshop production invited the audience to join in the theatre's hospitality - as a space in which to come together to consider our own lives in relation to those of the saints.


 Leah Delaporta Victoria Patton 
 Heather Engstrom  Laurel Reeves
 Laurie German  Nathan Riley
 Emily Graham  Dan Stong
 Lauren Hohle  Chris Suzuki
 Melissa Lee  Shannon Unser
 Kathleen McCarthy  Nick Zaharopoulos


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