Posted by Robert Falls
Our exploration of Eugene O’Neill in the 21st Century got off to a provocative start last week with the Wooster Group’s compelling production of The Emperor Jones. As the best works of art will do, this presentation has sparked a lively debate on this blog among Goodman patrons and others in the Chicago community. I’m now very much looking forward to your response to the next featured company in our O’Neill Exploration: Brazil’s Companhia Triptal.
This marks the first performance of this São Paulo-based company outside of their home country; under the dynamic leadership of their Artistic Director André Garolli Companhia Triptal has received critical accolades for their site-specific, environmental stagings of a variety of works, notably the early “sea plays” of O’Neill, which were based on his own experience as a sailor in the merchant marine. The first of these plays, Zona de Guerra (In the Zone), focuses on the crew of the S.S. Glencairn and the atmosphere of distrust and paranoia that erupts during wartime. This production received the prestigious APCA Award in São Paulo for its evocative, gritty staging, as well as nominations for the Premio Shell de Teatro.
I hope you will join me in welcoming this electrifying young company to our Owen Theatre—it is an experience that you won’t want to miss.