Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sarah Kane and Howard Barker on the Boston Theatre Scene

Over at Superfluities, George Hunka has several posts about Howard Barker's work.

In the coming months you will have an opportunity to see see the Whistler in the Dark's Fever Fest, in which the works have been inspired by the following Howard Barker aphorism:

“Kiss carefully – not an admonition about kissing,an act of banality/an act of terrible depth,but about the kissed one.”

Death, the One and the Art of Theatre,
Howard Barker

In September, you will get to see 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. The play is considered to be Kane's most mature work, at least by some, and is not performed very often. It is written almost like poem, with really no stage directions.

Kane is aligned with Barker by many, and her legacy is complicated by the fact of her suicide, something that her work Psychosis cannot seem to escape yet.

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