Attempts on Her Life, by Martin Crimp
April 2 - 4, 2009 - Wish Theater
A production directed by Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance, Roger Bechtel.
Part theater production, part art installation, and part multi-media spectacle, Attempts on Her Life is a boundary-breaking work that has been hailed throughout Europe as a performance masterpiece. It 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.
An experimental playwright living in London, Crimp’s 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 twenty languages, and been performed around the world. Bowdoin’s production, however, was one of the very few ever done in the U.S.
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