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She-Who-Loves, the newest production from Maine-based Figures of Speech Theatre, will be performed at Colby College February 26 through 28. It is part of the college’s 2003-04 Theater and Dance season. Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged. The production is intended for adult audiences.
Based on a Comanche Indian legend, She-Who-Loves is told in a style inspired by Japanese Noh drama, an ancient form of masked theater. The production features actress Carol Farrell, dancer Mia Kanazawa, exquisitely carved puppets and live musicians Andrea Goodman and Carl Dimow, applied music associate at Colby.
She-Who-Loves tells the story of a young girl who saves her village from a devastating drought through love and personal sacrifice. With an opening scene of tiny stone animals disappearing below the sand and another with the Ghost of the Mother scattering blue petals on her sleeping child, the piece has an otherworldly, meditative quality. Puppetry International magazine described She-Who-Loves as, “a piece of surpassing beauty… which exists at the intersection of Art and Nature, of Earth and Spirit.”
She-Who-Loves was developed after Figures of Speech co-directors Carol and John Farrell studied Japanese theater and puppetry in Japan during a six-month fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. “We went there with an intuition that there would be a connection between the Noh and a certain Comanche story we’d had on our minds for a couple of years,” said John Farrell. “Sure enough, the more Noh plays we saw, the more we realized that in both cases, there was usually a single protagonist on an essentially spiritual journey.”
Founded in 1982, Figures of Speech Theatre is a performing group based in Freeport, Maine. The company has toured nationally to Broadway, the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, and internationally to Japan, Europe and South America.
General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on upcoming productions visit the Theater and Dance Web site at www.colby.edu/theater.