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love and information

love and information

Directed by John Schmor

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Director’s Comments:

Caryl Churchill has long been one of my favorite living playwrights. Her plays are constantly experimental in terms both of theatrical form and poetic economy of language – she engages difficult issues without resorting to easy answers. Churchill often unapologetically centers her work in the riddles of human experience, carefully avoiding “instruction,” telling you or me what to believe, what things “mean,” For some this may be frustrating, as we more easily rely on the comforts and blinders of tidy narrative and obvious argument. As with many of her recent plays in love and information, the form is also content – the whirl of fragmentary moments, “breaths,” as one of our actors put it, represents not only the confusion and longing of our gluttony for information in this “digital age,” but also the ways in which what we want to know and also what we don’t want to know thread through the mystery of how we choose to love. I think Churchill prefers the theatre to reflect the magical (sometimes comical, sometimes terrible) battlements of living. In this play, love comes in “breaths” of shared bafflement and shared learning, or needing to remember and trying to forget, of not knowing and knowing too well, of the dream and the delusion, of place and displacement.

-John Schmor

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