Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Tim Brown
Choreography by Robin Gerchman
April 24, 25 & 26 at 8 pm
April 27 at 2 pm
A visceral blend of dance, classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters' lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these characters tell are true; some are lies, wild yams, clever deceits, baroque fabrications. But whether or not a homeless kid invents an incredible history for himself isn't the point, explains diarist-of-the-street Jim Grimsley. "All these stories and lies add up to something like the truth." Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Iizuka's Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man's land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society's fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force.
For mature audiences only. Not recommended for those under 17 due to strong language and mature themes.
Tickets in advance: Adults $18, Seniors $13,
Tickets at the door: Adult $22, Seniors $18,
Student $10, LVAIC Faculty/Staff/Students $5
Cedar Crest College Students are FREE 15 minutes
prior to show time!
Seating for Polaroid Stories will be general admission. Only 70 tickets will be sold per performance.