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UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents three one-act plays directed by students:
"Footfalls" (1976) by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, directed by Marie Shelton
"Springtime" (1989) by Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés, directed by Gabriela Pool
"Silence" (1969) by British playwright Harold Pinter, directed by Benjamin Arsenault
Supervising Director: Prof. Peter Glazer
Unlike more traditional works, "Silence" relegates a sense of plot to the periphery, and works more to explore the characters’ interpretations and recollections of the events of their lives. It explores the way our perception of the past can vary from person-to-person, and can even change for ourselves as we age and our view of personal experience begins to blend and reform. The play exists almost as an anthology of half-remembered things and analyzes the way we cling to our memories, trying to piece together the few fractured and fleeting moments that we retain and deem our “history.”
"Footfalls" explores grief and loss in a deeply expressive way: the onstage actress is confined to pacing nine-steps, back and forth, at the front of the stage. Slow and methodical, Footfalls presents us with a story that underpins a lived experience — by participating, our own stories and experiences of grief and loss may be challenged and reinforced. The woman, together with the mysterious voice she suddenly hears, allows us to reflect on the rituals we all keep to preserve the dead and the lost from falling out of our memories.
"Springtime" examines the values of “heteronormative” marriage and reverses the roles to portray a beautiful story between two womxn. Fornés uses the relationship of these womxn to explore and dissect the values pledged through marriage vows, leading, as Fornés states, “the humanity [to be] not so much in the character, but in the situation.”
March 14–17, 2019
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2pm