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Theater and Dance Present 'Attempts on Her Life' Apr. 2-4

Story posted March 26, 2009

Is it Anne? Annie? Anya? Anny?

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will present Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, 2009, and at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in Wish Theater, Memorial Hall. The performances are free and open to the public.

The production is directed by Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance Roger Bechtel.

Part theater production, part art installation, and part multimedia spectacle, Attempts on Her Life is a boundary-breaking work that has been hailed throughout Europe as a performance masterpiece.

Wish Theater will be configured in an alleyway staging — with actors performing on a long, narrow platform surrounded by video projectors and monitors.

"It's a different way of addressing the audience," notes Bechtel. "The audience will surround the stage where they will be immersed in a huge multimedia environment. It becomes a visceral, rather than a passive, experience."

Attempts on Her Life loosely tells the story of Anne — or is it Annie? Or Anya? Or Anny? — a woman who just may or may not be a Hollywood creation. As two film producers make an attempt to create Anne, Anne is making attempts on her own life.

In the end, we can't be sure if she is Hollywood hype, a hockey mom, an international terrorist, the girl next door, or even dead or alive, real or fictional. Attempts on Her Life leaves us guessing — and guessing about our own reality in the age of global capital and media culture.

Martin Crimp is an experimental playwright living in London. His work has been produced at the National Theatre of England, the Orange Tree Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre, where he is a writer in residence.

Attempts on Her Life has been translated into 20 languages, and been performed around the world. Bowdoin's production, however, will be one of the very few ever done in the United States.

Bechtel and the cast will host a talk-back after each performance.

Attempts on Her Life is produced with assistance from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the Friends of Bowdoin Fund.

For more information visit the theater and dance calendar.

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