WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN (A CHEF'S FABLE)
A lyrical play about one girl's unique journey...and food
by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin
"PAY WHAT YOU CAN"
Wed. Matinee: April 3 @ 3pm
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“Mysterious…haunting…interesting…always thought-provoking…plenty of questions to keep a theatergoer's mind buzzing for a quite a while…be prepared to ponder love and loss; redemption and rejuvenation; and most of all, perception…[Amanda] Collins plays the wounded bird so well that she is the one who evokes our sympathies…revelatory in her emotion-spanning performance…Shepard's lyricism is intoxicating. It's easy, even gratifying, to get sucked into his up-is-down and down-is-up world where nothing is tied up with a pretty bow. It's a challenging choice for American Stage, but one that should be applauded and supported.” – Janet K. Keeler, Tampa Bay Times“American Stage — showing admirable courage — is presenting Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s play When the World Was Green (A Chef’s Fable), and the experience is tantalizing, troubling and sublime… Not just entertainment; Art of a rare kind. Unforgettable… Evocative, impressionistic poetry with mythic overtones… Deftly acted by Michael Edwards and Amanda Collins… artistic director Todd Olson directs the play with a stylized minimalism that both alienates and intrigues… Chooses hope over despair, love over violence. Which is another reason to see it… You’ll find a real reward at the end. That’s precisely what I found, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.” –Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing
“For a fine, theatrical experience, go no further than American Stage. You will be glad you did!...What a rare and inviting opportunity it is, to see a production of a Sam Shepard play in the Tampa Bay area….Kudos to Artistic Director, Todd Olson for his unique and thought-provoking programming…[he has] staged the poetic dialogue with a masterful hand [and] has once again, created a work of ART…Mr. Edwards brings years of experience, as a veteran of the stage, in a superb, honest, and convincing portrayal of The Old Man. His unassuming demeanor, gently triggered, both laughter and tears. The Interviewer, played by Amanda Collins, gives a tender, yet commanding performance…Bravo!” - Jimmy Ferraro, Broadwayworld.com
"Shepard has many imitators, but no one to match his cunning psychological expressionism and comedic ruthlessness."
"Shepard's work is a kind of verbal and visual jazz, which surprises you with its penetrating leaps of association and its startling voices."
A hauntingly lyrical memory play about an old man - once a superb chef - and the young reporter who comes to interview him in the prison…where he has been locked up for a mysterious act. WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN is steeped in the elliptical, poetic style for which Shepard is justly celebrated. Though it is sketched in a world of sensual delight, of great journeys to distant lands, and exotic food "piled as high as a mountain, glistening in the sun”, the beauty of Shepard's landscape is only skin-deep. Under the surface lies a family vendetta that has lasted for seven generations. A tender story of regret and loss through which these two unique characters transcend their memories and reach mutual forgiveness and love.
Click here to watch Michael Edwards and Amanda Collins discuss the play and the power of Sam Shepard's writing on Studio 10!
Mainstage Series produced by: Raymond James
2013-2014 Season -
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