April 7-10 || (re)FOCUS Fest || at The Rotunda
In history and in myth, we sacrifice humans to win battles, abate crop failure, or maintain peace. Iphigenia was sacrificed for wind to take her father’s army to Troy and Jephthah offered his own daughter in exchange for victory in battle. We trade human lives to shape the world and ask for cosmic favors.
Take/Sacrifice explores this space of desire, a landscape littered with those we have sacrificed to secure the things we want. Surrounded by iconic figures and archeological mysteries, our wishes become reflections of ourselves – what we want from the world, how we want the world to behave, and the lengths we are willing to go to make it so. What do we cling to? What do we want so much that we’ll destroy each other for it?
PLEASE NOTE: This production of Take/Sacrifice includes strong language (cursing), verbal descriptions of real life and imagined violent acts, and a few instances of physical violence as well as near nudity.
Pratima Agrawal, Jessica Jacob, Samia Merritt, and Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez
Music and Sound by Adrian Bridges – Lights by Ro Gauger – Direction by Sarah Mitteldorf – Sound Tech by Kim Pelle
April 7 at 7:30 pm :: Out of Orbit and The Art of Wasting Time
April 8 at 7:30 pm :: Take/Sacrifice and The Secret Life of Wonder
April 9 at 3:00 pm :: Take/Sacrifice and The Secret Life of Wonder
April 9 at 7:30 pm :: Out of Orbit and The Art of Wasting Time
April 10 at 3:00 pm :: Out of Orbit and The Art of Wasting Time
April 10 at 7:30 pm :: Take/Sacrifice and The Secret Life of Wonder
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
$20 General Admission
Discounts for Students and Artists
(re)FOCUS Fest brings together four theatre ensembles to explore the concept of privilege and to celebrate diversity through shared performance.
Through poetic dialogue, immersive soundscapes, and lyrical movement, Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre Company, [redacted] Theater Company, and TS Hawkins meditate on gender, race, sexuality, class, and everything in between.
(re)FOCUS Fest is a chance to (re)focus on themes that are all around us, but difficult to see, explore, and discuss. It is a celebration of our ability to confront ourselves, learn from each other, and rejoice in the myriad of experiences that make us who we are.
Support for Take/Sacrifice provided in part by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Photo by Valerie Giacobbe. Graphic by Nina Giacobbe