Thurs (Oct. 5, 12, 19) 8 PM; Fri (Oct. 6, 13, 20) 8 PM; Sat (Oct. 7, 14, 21) 8 PM; Sun (Oct. 15, 22) 2 PM; Mon (Oct. 9) 7 PM
FoolsFURY's next full production highlights individual shows by two ensemble members, Deborah Eliezer and Michelle Haner, powerful women artists making powerful art. Each story is intensely personal, but both feature the hallmark ensemble spirit and striking performances that has made foolsFURY a perennial innovator.
In (dis)Place[d] Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, a refugee, an Israeli spy, and an immigrant to America.
This powerhouse solo performance combines story, movement, music, song, and recordings. Eliezer creates several different characters, including her father at three different ages, her great grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, historical figures and The Land itself.
Told through the lens of three figures - Haner, a drama teacher; Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg; and Shakespeare's tragic Prince of Denmark - Haner's Sheryl, Hamlet, and Me is a surreal excursion exploring what it means to be an ambitious woman in the 21st century and what price we're willing to pay to expand our reach and influence in this digital era.
When the play opens, Hamlet, residing in the imaginary Land of Characters, is in despair. He has lost his audience to streaming TV, video games, and SnapChat. Seeking to rectify the situation, he slips into our modern society with the help of Kim Kardashian's smartphone.
Initially he encounters Haner, promising to help her and her students make the most brilliant and moving modern staging of the play. However, as Hamlet becomes attuned to the power of social media, he begins to re-examine just what it means to be relevant in the 21st century. The action takes place alongside the juxtaposition of Haner and Sandberg (who in real life were Freshman classmates at Harvard).
Directed by Benjamin Yalom.