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POSSIBILITIES/AFTER DINNER JOKE
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00PM
ATLANTIC STAGE 2
330 W. 16TH STREET
BETWEEN 8TH AND 9TH AVENUES
A-C-E OR L TRAIN TO 14TH STREET
The running time of this show is 2:00 with one intermission.
The Possibilities by Howard Barker explore actions unexplainable by logic or rationality. From the biblical Judith to Czar Alexander to a bookseller who hordes his stock for fear that knowledge may fall into the wrong hands to a woman whose dress is investigated by the state as a provocation to men: these four plays contain all of Barker’s wit and complexity compressed into a brief thirty minutes. A must see curtain raiser to The After-Dinner Joke by Caryl Churchill.
Told in 66 brief episodic scenes, the plot follows Selby, a young woman who quits her secretarial job to pursue her passion for ‘doing good’. As a charity worker, she earnestly avoids political issues, only to discover the impossibility of this. “There’s something political in everything.”