For this closed-door workshop-style table read, Pope.L directs seven actors in an experimental rendition of “The Dramatic Circle” by the renowned black playwright Adrienne Kennedy.
Kennedy’s one-act play is a mix of genres: It’s a love story, a thriller, an episodic novel, a mystery play about two African-American women set in London, 1961, but it feels like the 19th century. “The Dramatic Circle” follows Alice and Suzanne Alexander who become caught up in a web of intrigue involving Frantz Fanon, Dracula, Napoleon, and a Dr. Freud-like figure.
This reading, staged inside of the Ren’s current exhibition, was commissioned at the invitation of Bruce Hainley and Shahryar Nashat, who selected this play.
Alice Alexander: TayLar
Suzanne Alexander: Kristin E. Ellis
David Alexander: Jeff Parker
Dr. Freudenberger: Joseph Primes
The Ambassador: Tony Castillo
Patient 1: Jaye Ladymore
Patient 2: Anthony Irons
Casting Director: Becca McCracken
Sound Engineer: Ralph Loza
Stage Manager: Michael Harrison