American couple Keaton and Deanna, saddled with debt and buoyed by lust-driven optimism, move abroad for a fresh start. In their attempt to reinvent themselves as enterprising expats, they’re plunged into a torrid triangle with Alondra, an alluring and mischievous Selkie (half-woman half-seal). Keaton’s aggression and Deanna’s complicity in Alondra’s exploitation result in a maelstrom of perverse romance and wet revenge in this dark, funny, and saturated exploration of domestic violence – of being trapped – and two approaches to escape.
Lucy Jackson in Association with Dutch Kills presents
Written by Helen Banner. Directed by Jess Chayes.
January 12th - February 3rd in the Next Door Series at New York Theatre Workshop
Sarah McIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms.
Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women’s role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah’s political enemies.
Intelligence is a semi-immersive play developed by playwright Helen Bannerand director Jess Chayes that pulls the audience into a Washington, D.C. basement conference room, for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations. Intelligence received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, and the New Georges JAM.
BY DUANE COOPER AND BLAKE HABERMANN
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
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