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The Aliens, by Annie Baker
Thu, May 24 @ 7:30 pm
For the third and final entry in this season’s series of works by Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker, WWU’s Rich Brown directs this beautiful play about music, poetry, silence, and a band called (among many other things) The Aliens.
Directed by Rich Brown (2015 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year, Washington)
“The talented young playwright Annie Baker sets her new play behind a Vermont café, in a break area dotted with dead plants and milk crates that’s accessible only by hopping a fence… Baker’s gift is for humor and empathy — we’d roll our eyes at KJ and Jasper in real life, but she shows us their absurdity and makes us love them.” — The New Yorker
“Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful… inordinately delicate… Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today… there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing accrues weight and meaning simply through compassionate, truthful observation.” — New York Times
“[Baker] again employs nakedly humanist sympathies and carefully cloaked formal rigor, this time to illustrate the twin solaces of friendship and art… Without losing her keen ear for the humor in modern language, Baker turns to classicism — the Aristotelian unities are here, but so are the symbolically loaded entrances and the final act messenger speech. With such Grecian clarity in its bones, THE ALIENS can afford incredible layers of detail without ever seeming muddled.” — Time Out NY.
7:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 24–26, May 31–Jun 2, and Jun 7–9.
The Thursday, May 24 show is a special preview performance, with tickets just $10!
The Friday, May 25 show includes a special pre-show reception at 6:30pm to benefit the opening of Sylvia Center’s new main stage performance space, the Lucas Hicks Theater.