A woman is drawn to the edge of a river. She is ferried across to wed a man with a blue beard. The next morning he is gone. What remains is a key and a series of doors which she may open and one which she may not.
Inspired by the story of Bluebeard, OPEN is an original dark fairy tale that examines the process by which women (specifically, but not exclusively) are enculturated, civilized, and made appropriate for mass consumption.
It asks the question: How are we complicit in our own dismemberment?
CAST & CREW
Mekayla Blanck Keith C. Davis
Emlyn Guiney Phil Wharton
Lisa Klein Maria Leigh
Erin Maxon Cecilia Palmtag
David Stein Lili Weckler
Live Music & Songs: Jenny Holland
Writer & Director: Amy Sass
Assistant Director: Keith C. Davis
Lighting Design: Dan Weiermann
Costume Design: Gray Morris
Costume Team: Kathleen Beauchamp
Props & Puppetry: Dax Tran-Caffee
Beard: Kathleen Beauchamp
Production Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager: Dax Tran-Caffee
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All Photos by Anna Kaminska
A junkyard, a kind of obedience-cum-polishing school that makes housebroken pets of wild young ladies, a court of a true Infant King (but one with stubble and an occasionally knowing eye), a hospice that's an ice house for patients, and a kind of miniature, almost clockwork, hell, where the demons are indeed legion, and release the horses of the storm.
Open--and the way the ensemble plays it out--offers theatrical insight, imagination, innovation--kind of a pioneer spirit... and, most engagingly, charm.
- Berkeley Daily Planet