Raue Center’s own in-house theatre troupe, Williams Street Repertory, is currently preparing to put on two one-person shows, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe starring Amanda Flahive and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs starring Ivan Ewert, to run concurrently at Raue Center.
“The beauty of the one-person show is in its ability to transform a single actor on stage into a piece of art in which the audience is collectively engaged. This communal experience is at the heart of great theatre,” says Melissa Thomfohrda, Marketing Director at Raue Center for the Arts. “Theatre is about leaving the audiences with questions to ask themselves for a long time to come.”
Amanda Flahive, in discussing her role in The Search for Signs states, “Though it's a one-woman show, in some ways SEARCH is an "ensemble" piece too, because I play about a dozen characters over the course of the play.”
Ivan Ewert suggests the writer of The Agony and the Ecstasy, Mike Daisey, uses theatre to “remove the barriers of the screen and the careful edits- sometimes you get something incredible, sometimes mistakes are made, but every time you come to the theatre you are truly THERE, you are part of something larger than yourself.”
“This is how great theatre changes lives,” continues Ms. Thomfohrda, “By challenging audience members both individually and as a community. One-Person shows flourish by one actor’s ability to communicate a message to the audience as individuals. That’s what makes these shows unique.”
WSR brings The Search for Signs, opening 9/12 and running through 9/21 and The Agony and Ecstasy opening 9/13 and running through 9/20, to Raue Center For The Arts. For specific show times go to www.rauecenter.org.
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