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2006-2007 SEASON
The Stories Behind the Sound Bytes

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
Written by Manual Puig

A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS
Written by Thomas Gibbons

WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS
Written by Sherry Kramer

SKIN IN FLAMES
Written by Guillem Clua

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InterAct Theatre Company Announces 2006/2007 Main Stage Season

We get our news these days from a wide variety of sources. Some offer tantalizing sound bites, others offer in-depth analysis and opinions; still others offer a litany of facts and statistics and detailed information. But no matter how much information they provide, none offer two intimate hours of commercial-free human experience.

At InterAct, we believe that playwrights are the true chroniclers of today's world, and that an important way to expose the public to a critical issue, or a current event, or another culture is through stories of extraordinary individuals living in extraordinary times.

The plays we've selected for our 19th main stage season invite audiences to delve into the lives of people who are facing some of the world's most pressing and fascinating conflicts. They are plays that ask vital questions without offering quick and easy answers. At InterAct we offer the human stories behind the news stories. We invite you to join us. Don't just sit there. Learn more about the world. Become An InterActivist!

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October 20 - November 19, 2006
Previews: October 20, 21, 22, 24
Opening Night: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
Written by Manuel Puig
Directed by Seth Rozin
Featuring Frank X

Setting the Stage:
Incidents of torture have been reported with alarming frequency in recent years. Headlines reading "Gays Fighting Uphill Battle for Equal Rights" and "Regime Faces Questions of Torture" are pervasive around the world. Sadly, intolerant religions and oppressive governments shun democracy as quickly as they condemn homosexuality.

About the Play:
Adapted from Puig's acclaimed novel prior to its incarnations as a powerful film and Broadway hit musical, the original stage play remains a searing drama about two Argentinean men -- a gay window dresser and a socialist rebel -- forced to share a claustrophobic jail cell. Imprisoned by an oppressive government for their beliefs and their lifestyle, each man comes to find solace in the other's company, as the line between the erotic and the political begins to blur. Intimate, intense, tender and startling, Kiss of the Spider Woman reveals an unlikely love story in the most inhuman and grueling of circumstances.

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January 19 - February 18, 2007
Previews: January 19, 20, 21, 23
Opening Night: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The World Premiere of
A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS
Written by Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Seth Rozin

Setting the Stage:
There is an emerging conflict in the African American community pitting political conservatives like Condoleezza Rice and Clarence Thomas against traditional liberal activists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Both sides acknowledge persistent racism and both sides promote advancement of the Black community, but one seeks to break its ties with historical forces while the other seeks reparations for the same historical forces.

About the Play:
Following on the extraordinary success of Permanent Collection and Bee-Luther-Hatchee, A House with No Walls represents the final part of Gibbons' "race trilogy." The play -- inspired by real-life events in Philadelphia -- dramatizes the conflict between a conservative African American academic and an ultra-liberal, Afro-centric political activist. The battleground for these two opposing forces is the proposed site for the new American Liberty Museum, which happens to be on the grounds of George Washington's Philadelphia home, including its slave quarters. Flashing between the dramatic story of one of Washington's slaves contemplating escape, to a current day debate over what "freedom" truly is, A House With No Walls serves as a springboard for a complex and volatile exploration of whether or not African-Americans should embrace the legacy of slavery as their primary cultural identity or discard this mantle of "victimhood."

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April 6 - May 6, 2007
Previews: April 6, 7, 8, 10
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The World Premiere of
WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS
Written by Sherry Kramer

Setting the Stage:
Over the past fifty years the United States has emerged as the one mega-super-power in the world with an enormous oil-driven economy. To ensure its oil interests, our government has maintained extraordinary strategic, political, military, and economic presence in the Middle-East, playing a wide range of contradictory roles; protecting Israel, even when Israel has been the instigator of aggression; supporting a Saudi Arabian monarchy that violates many human rights; arming rogue dictatorships with weapons; orchestrating the overthrow of leaders; brokering peace agreements and launching wars.

About the Play:
When Something Wonderful Ends is a poignant, funny, edgy, theatrical and politically-astute one-woman tour de force that weaves three seemingly unrelated threads -- the death of the playwright's Midwestern Jewish mother, the Barbie Doll craze of the early 1960's, and the complex and insidious oil-driven global economy. Kramer artfully spins a yarn that reveals the full extent of America’s consumerism and oil addiction, while hearkening back to a time of seeming innocence, when anything seemed possible; a time when Barbie represented a bright new future.

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May 25 - June 24, 2007
Previews: May 25, 26, 27, 29
Opening Night: Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The U.S. Premiere of
SKIN IN FLAMES
Written by Guillem Clua
Translated by DJ Sanders
Directed by Seth Rozin

Setting the Stage:
For the past century, journalists of all kinds have chronicled the births of new democracies from the ashes of brutal wars and crumbled regimes: from Bosnia to Afghanistan to the Soviet Union to Vietnam to South Africa to El Salvador to Chile to Iraq. These major transformations of country and culture have been covered extensively by journalists who seek to report objectively on the events they witness.  But these outsiders are also participants in the stories they cover, and they have their own stories, many of which never become public.

About the Play:
A famous photojournalist returns to the country where his career was launched during a brutal civil war. One photograph -- of a schoolgirl flying through the air after a bomb explosion -- has since become a world-renowned icon of war, violence and innocence. While the photograph has become a household image, the girl has never been found or identified. Twenty years later, the photographer is scheduled to receive a prestigious prize from this infant democracy, but first he is to be interviewed by a young woman with a mysterious past.

During the run of SKIN IN FLAMES, InterAct invites you to visit "Storytellers," an exhibition presented by the Sande Webster Gallery, featuring twelve photographers who capture and record various aspects of the human spirit, condition and experiences. "Storytellers" will highlight the work of Baldeck, Clarke, Dodd, Gilbert, Gritz, Holman, Love, Morton, Regan, Tarver, Williams and VanDerZee, all of which explore and elaborate on photojournalism as a theme.

Storytellers
June 1 - 26, 2007
Opening Night Reception: Friday, June 1, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sande Webster Gallery
2006 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 636-9003
www.sandewebstergallery.com

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