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by Caryl Churchill
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 8:00PM
The Seeing Place @ the Access Theater
4th Floor Theater
6/J/N/Q/R/W to Canal St
What forces define who we are—and at what cost?
To open our season theme, “Where is the Empathy?”, The Seeing Place presents Caryl Churchill’s revolutionary masterwork CLOUD 9, an audacious and playful take on sexual politics. Drawing a line between Colonialism and Feminism, this modern classic bends time, gender, and genre and embraces the confusion and complication of identity.
NOTE: We are now offering premium ticketing for productions at The Seeing Place - which includes preferred seating in front row center for an intimate and thrilling experience (and extra leg room!). There are only 6 premium seats available per performance.
Synopsis: The searing comedy is a parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex. There is Clive, a British functionary; his wife Betty (played by a man); their daughter Victoria (a rag doll); Clive’s friend Harry, an explorer; Mrs. Saunders, who runs about dressed in a riding habit; Clive’s son Edward, who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman; and Joshua, a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvelous send-up and a non-stop round-robin of sexual liaisons. All this time the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980. Except for the surviving characters, it is only twenty-five years later, and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated, along with the Empire.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission).
THIS PLAY IS BELOVED BY CRITICS:
“[Caryl Churchill] is one of the wisest and bravest playwrights on the planet.” - Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Cloud 9” is a feminist classic that still bowls theatergoers over with its breathtaking theatrical daring.” - Charles McNulty, LA Times
"I really don't know when I've had more fun. It blends farce, pathos into a work of total theatre." - New York Daily News