THE AWAKENING tells a complicated story about a strong woman and her realization that there is a world outside of the one that society has built for her. During a time such as this, seeing a woman take total control of her relationships, her words, and her body has been empowering. When speaking with women around me, I am constantly hearing fear or anger creep into our conversation when the topic turns to one of current events or social climate. This time needs Edna Pontellier.
Through Edna’s relationship with Adele Ratignolle, the audience is shown what society expects of Edna. We’re given Adele: the perfect socialite and mother. But perfection is not possible, and that goal of perfection is one that Edna can never accomplish. Edna is discovering what she needs and what that means. She does not need the constant reminder that she should be more engaged with her children, more involved with women’s social events, more of who she is not.
Then there is Mademoiselle Reisz, a distant woman, but one who is willing to speak her mind. In this relationship, Edna is allowed to dislike things. She can say blatantly “I do not know if I like you”, without the fear that honesty will offend others and tarnish a seemingly necessary reputation. She does not hide her feelings for Robert when with Reisz and it is through Reisz’s music that she starts to understand this change happening inside her. She is not someone who can adhere to the world that Adele lives in; she needs to grow strong wings in order to soar above it.
As a young artist who stumbled into SPACE a month ago, I can say that this time has been one of growth for me. Being an intern, I have been able to work on this incredible performance and be inspired by it. Through Edna’s story of breaking free and her drive to be authentic, I have been challenged to be more authentic in my relationships. If I cannot feel complete freedom on a macro level, finding moments of honest, open conversation within my relationships and everyday interactions seems like a good place to start.
Helena Mueller joins Savage Umbrella as a production intern for THE AWAKENING as part of our 10th anniversary season. Come see Helena's fantastic work next month at The Southern Theater!
Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
March 3 - 18, 2017
Written and directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe
Music by Candy Emberley
Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensembles
Edna Pontellier has zero effs left to give. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.
See you under the umbrella!
HELP US SAY GOODBYE (for now) TO SPACE IN STYLE!
We are getting a super big jump on spring cleaning and wanna invite you to our weird!
2:00 PM - 6:00 pm on January 21, 2017
550 Vandalia St, Suite 306, St. Paul, MN 55114
Help us celebrate and say goodbye (for now) to SPACE!
Come buy our stuff... our set pieces, props, costumes, and (BONUS) original art! Help us lighten our moving load while supporting bold, vital new works of theater. (Sneak peeks of what's for sale on the Facebook Event!)
You could soon be the owner of awesome items like, the blood sink from SWEET DREAMS, ALFIE! Set dressing ceramic wash basin from RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW! The sexy black storage cube rehearsal blocks first seen on the THESE ARE THE MEN set! Also tons of clothes, a vintage lighting board, costumes, and MORE.
All proceeds go to help Savage Umbrella bring more awesome art to our community.
Together is better, and we're better together with you. See you Saturday!
It's Creative Climate time, where we shout out friends, collaborators, and inspirations who are making work in the Twin Cities, our creative home. There's so much goodness going on this week that we couldn't just contain ourselves to theater! Check out some of the awesome performances, places, and... playlists that are on our mind this week.
THE AWAKENING on Spotify!
Okay, this is cheating the Creative Climate theme a bit. However, how cool is this playlist? The cast of THE AWAKENING came in with songs that remind them of the show. Take a listen, and plunge into a sonic world when Queen meets Icona Pop meets Laura Mvula meets Bach.
BALTIMORE IS BURNING by Underdog Theatre closes this weekend at Savage Umbrella's SPACE. You seriously don't want to miss this new work; the whole team is spectacular and the conversation is important. You don't have to take our word for it, though... other folks are loving it too: "This is a really strong debut for Underdog...check it out for some thoughtful, engaging, powerful, relevant theater by a promising new company." (Cherry and Spoon)
Plus, you might recognize a few familiar faces from past SU projects: Siddeeqah Shabazz (THESE ARE THE MEN and THESE ARE THE MEN Workshop) and Dana Lee Thompson (HOUSE PARTY Workshop)!
What it's about: The Colored People's Advancement Advocates are civic leaders of their community. CPAA seeks to protect citizen's civil rights and bring justice when those civil rights are violated. Tensions rise when a young black man disappears after being taken into police custody. Anger and frustration boils over in Baltimore as CPAA gets to the bottom of what becomes an emotional breaking point in the city.
Three more performances: December 2, 3, 4
All shows at 7:30 PM
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can!