Tickets to see Pool (No Water) on Friday, February 21st?
What are you waiting for??? Buy your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/533864
Opening night marks the Florida premiere of Pool (No Water), written in 2006 by eminent British playwright Mark Ravenhill. One Year Lease Theatre hosted the New York City premiere in 2012, and now we at TCT are excited to host the premiere of Ravenhill’s play in South Florida, the very kingdom of luxurious pools. TCT’s production will feature a fantastic, seven-person ensemble: Casey Dressler, Noah Levine, Scott Douglas Wilson, Niki Fridh, Hannah Citrin, Miles Smith, and Desiree Mora.
Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water) depicts a rift that emerges within a group of artists, most of whom are barely scraping by. One of the group members, simply referred to as “she,” begins to earn money and notoriety with her art and eventually moves to a warmer climate, buys a big house, and builds an in-ground pool in the backyard. The rest of the group resents her intensely, but accepts her invitation to visit the house and enjoy the pool. When tragedy strikes, the group is confronted with the opportunity to help her–or hurt her.
One of the most compelling aspects of Pool (No Water) is its foray into the dark side of human nature.The play puts us in the skins of people feeling difficult emotions–shame, guilt…especially envy. It’s up to the audience to decide if the resentment directed at the successful “she” is justified.
Ravenhill developed the play while working with Frantic Assembly (FR) in the UK. In his educational guide to Pool (No Water), Scott Graham, FR artistic director, said, “The audience must be made to confront the idea of artistic jealousy. We felt the audience had to be implored to at least put themselves in the shoes of the characters.”
Ravenhill likes to experiment in his plays. That attitude could not be reflected more strongly in his warning to the newest generation of playwrights, the one, in his words, that was “brought up on the national curriculum, and SATs and stuff.” He said, “There’s a danger that these people arrive at a theatre and say ‘tell me what you want from a play–what are the aims and objectives of your theatre?’ And then a play is written with that mentality…that’s the deadliest thing.” Read the full interview here.
One of the experimental aspects of the play has to do with its construction. Ravenhill wrote it as a monologue, even though he knew several actors would divide it up for performance at FR. The lines switch between first person (I) and first person plural (we). Graham explained that the play’s structure amplifies its meaning: “By splitting the text, we find new characters who share aspects of the same story, but also appear to have individual opinions about what they relay, coloured by what we perceive to be their unique outlook on events…It is the use of and contrast of ‘we’ and ‘I’ and ‘us’ etc. that makes this text so fascinating and full of potential.”
Call to Artists
In the spirit of celebrating artists who push the very boundaries of art, I’m happy to announce the WINNERS of our Call to Artists in association with The Krane:
~Flash Lit/Poetry ~
1st Place – Mitchell Silverman, “Keep Writing”;
2nd Place Tie – Christopher Demos Brown, “Playwright’s Regime” and Glenn Hutchinson, “Phone Call from My Sister”
1st Place – Ann Gillespie, “Making Things_Things I Made”
2nd Place – Cat Del Buono, “Why?”
The winners will be invited to read/screen their work at the Saturday 7pm show on opening weekend. Do join us!
Pool (No Water) runs February 21 – March 8 at Muse Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Once again: here’s the link to purchase tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/533864