Volcanic Theatre (producers of recent hit plays True West, The Pillowman, Red, Santaland Diaries and The Zoo Story) presents the one-act play Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson on July 24-26 at 7:30pm and a 2pm matinee on Sunday the 26th at Volcanic Theatre Pub located in Century Center Bend at 70 SW Century Drive (Next to GoodLife Brewing).
Brilliant Traces is set in Henry Harry’s (Nathan Woodworth) remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. The play opens with Henry overlooking a sleeping woman who turns out to be Roseanne Deluce (Jess Ryan) who has been sleeping for two days. She awakens in a frenzy not remembering where or how she “arrived” to this cabin. It is revealed that she had escaped her wedding and drove for days until her car broke down in a “white out” near the cabin. Both characters, it develops, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as, in theatrically vivid exchanges, they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present.
In the end their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings that beset them both and to reach out for the solace and sanctuary that only hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others can bestow. Director Derek Sitter describes the play as an outlandish and quirky story of two lost and isolated souls forced to confront each other’s fears and losses in a claustrophobic setting. It’s a touching and often funny story that explores love, loss, and the need to stay connected with humanity, civilization, and all of its scars.
Admission is $10 for all performances.
Volcanic Theatre Pub is committed to enhancing Central Oregon’s cultural environment by providing a unique artistic venue and making an essential contribution to the High Desert community. Our respect for artistic expression holds us to the highest standards possible, presenting plays that will challenge you with relevant material, acting that will astonish you, films that will shake you, and music that will move you. All of this in one cozy intimate black box warehouse furnished with comfortable sofas, recliners, tables, chairs, and bar tops, and equipped with state of the art projection and sound, while serving many of the best local and regional beers, wine and cider.
Volcanic Theatre Pub
Contact: VTP Derek Sitter
Phone: VTP 541-323-1881