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Attempts on Her Life
La Val's Subterranean Theatre (below LaVal's Pizza)
Berkeley, CA
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Attempts on Her Life


Content Information:  Depictions of domestic violence, bigotry, and hate speech. Mentions of suicide, sexual assault, war, murder, child abuse, and use of profanity. For mature audiences only

Berkeley, CA (September 16, 2022): The Theatre Lunatico ensemble returns to the stage in October to present Martin Crimp's seminal postmodern play, Attempts On Her Life. A
contemporary piece that offers insight, misdirection, contradictions, and commentary on the
life of the protagonist  the unseen Anne  Attempts On Her Life opens on Saturday, October 22 (preview Friday, October 21), and runs through Sunday, November 13
at La Val's Subterranean Theater in Berkeley.

Through an intentionally ambiguous gauntlet of 17 seemingly disparate scenes, playwright
Martin Crimp attempts to define who Anne is (or was?) through hot button topics including
pop-culture, political violence, and personal identity, among others. Theatre Lunatico's
interpretation will be physical, intimate, and theatrical as the all-women ensemble grapples
with the scenes in the script that so accurately reflect the chaos of the current day.

The nature of truth today could not be more critical, or more difficult to define, notes director
Michael Barr. We constantly hear conflicting reports on what's happening, why it's happening,
whether or not it's something to be concerned about  often coming from what used to be
trusted sources, such as television news programs or supposed experts. How do we distinguish
established facts from deliberate disinformation? Can we ever know the prejudices or ulterior
motives of the person speaking?

Since its premiere at Londons Royal Court in 1997, Martin Crimps Attempts On Her Life
has been translated into more than 20 languages. Its 17 scenarios for the theatre creates a kind
of post-modernist poem with no delineated characters (the script does not even provide names
for the spoken lines, and the show can be performed with almost any number of people) and no
traditional story line. Instead, the work becomes an intriguing puzzle about identity, truth, and
what our society finds noteworthy. By turns distressing and hilarious, and always centered
around the absent protagonist Anne, Attempts On Her Life explores our modern obsessions
with sex, pornography, violence, art, gossip, and more.

The all-female ensemble for Attempts On Her Life includes Devon deGroot, Eileen Fisher,
Jennifer Greene, Shawn Oda, Kateryna Ponomarenko, and Lauri Smith. Design and
production team includes Michael Barr (director & producer), Rob Bradshaw (lighting design), Jayme Catalano (graphic design),  Gendell Hing-Hernandez (movement & choreography), Robin Jackson (photographer) Tom O'Brien (set design), Omar Osario (producer), Adriana Schurman (stage manager), Tina Taylor (producer), Michael Walraven (set contstruction), and Loran Watkins (costume design).

Theatre Lunatico is a Berkeley-based, ensemble physical theatre company devoted to
narratives that place women center stage through the unique interpretive lens of their
storytelling and commitment to gender parity casting. Past productions include Melancholy
Play, Titus Andronicus, Convoy 31000, Dracula, and Kursk, among others. More information
is available at www.TheatreLunatico.org.

Theatre Lunatico is a fully vaccinated and boosted company. All audience members are
required to show proof of COVID vaccination and must remain masked while inside the
theater. Performers will be unmasked during the performance.

*No one turned away for lack of funds. If you're facing hard times, FREE tickets are available at the door, space permitted. (Suggestion: arrive early).


La Val's Subterranean Theatre (below LaVal's Pizza) (View)
1834 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Theatre Lunatico
On BPT Since: May 21, 2016
Theatre Lunatico

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