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Curtain Up! Dark Ages Play Lives On The Edge

“Silence” by Moira Buffini, is a play roughly based on the history of the Dark Ages in England. Directed by Penny Hasekoester and presented by Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre in the Showcase Theatre March 20-23, with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee performance at 2:00 p.m.

 

Recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn award, “Silence” is not easily explained, as it takes place on the brink of change and assimilation in a fictionalized 11th century England. The play draws upon historical figures and events but does not limit itself to presenting those figures and events with historical accuracy. Playing very loosely with known facts, Buffini has hatched a roguish tale evocative of medieval war sagas, court intrigue, and Shakespearean-like cross- dress comedy. A study of gender fluidity in Viking-beset Britain over one thousand years ago sounds like a Monty Python sketch, but it’s a feat that Moira Buffini pulls off with considerable panache in “Silence.”

 

Full of quirky humor, history feels immediate, as does the everyday threat of menace; as characters, regularly reiterate their belief that they are “living…on the edge of destruction.” The contemporaneous nature of the script’s message is almost too close for comfort.

 

For ticket information, contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 936.294.2339 or visit www.shsutickets.com to purchase your tickets online. General admission tickets are $12. Discounted tickets priced at $10 are available for senior citizens and students with a Bearkat One Card.

 

The Showcase Theatre is located in the University Theatre Center at 1740 Bobby K. Marks Drive and 17th street between the Newton Gresham Library and the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

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