Hold Me Well

A World Premiere by Eva Suter

Directed by Rudy Ramirez

Is desire the key to humanity’s survival or its destruction? What happens when past mistakes inflict fresh wounds? When fear turns to paranoia and dedication turns to deception? Join us for Shrewd Productions' world premiere of Hold Me Well, a post-apocalyptic re-imagining of one the most captivating tales of seduction, jealousy and betrayal ever written, William Shakespeare’s Othello.

Inspired by 70's era sci-fi and Shakespeare's Othello, Eva Suter’s Hold Me Well envisions a desolate, Central Texas inhabited solely by women after a weapon, the result of a catastrophic war, has eradicated the male population. With the threat of another war dangling precariously over their heads and a new romance quickly unfolding before them, five women bound by the tragedy must entrust their lives to one another in order to save themselves and humanity. Charged with the treacherous task of protecting “the seed,” an old grudge, constant fear and waning hope threatens to upend their unity and their safety. 

 

Hold Me Well ran July 15 - August 7, 2017 at the Off Shoot

Cast
Amelia - Ellie McBride

Desiree - Hayley Armstrong

Odele - Elizabeth Mason

Casey - Emily Rankin*

Raquel - Taylor Flanagan

Production Crew

Director - Rudy Ramirez
Producer - Clarissa Smith Hernandez, Shannon Grounds

Stage Manager - Amy Lewis

Set Design - Patrick Anthony & Chaz Sanders

Costume Designer - E.L. Hohn

Lighting Designer - Patrick Anthony

Sound Design - David DeMaris

"There are no wasted words or scenes. In fact, every moment of the play builds on the preceding with deliberate and energizing certitude. Like modern movies or Netflix serials, every ten minutes or so there is another twist, another mini-cliffhanger drawing the audience along with suspense-ridden curiosity and amplified intensity." 

Brian Paul Cipione - CTX Live Theatre

"The most interesting aspect of Suter's work is her approach to its feminist themes. Absent a gender dynamic, Suter plays authentically with ideas of civilization without patriarchy. The world she's crafted is no matriarchal utopia that's better off without men; it's crumbling because of the stunning and sudden decline in population. And the women depicted here miss the men – their fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, and lovers. They honor them as souls lost to calamity. They find solace in companionship, honoring one another as survivors, each a part of a new world, trying to find their place, hoping to continue the human race however possible. Ramirez's direction reflects this thinking, from the play's first moment of discovery to its stunning conclusion (departing from Othello in all the right ways). Ramirez focuses on the script's painstaking attention to the many forms of love these women have for each other."

Shannon Weaver - Austin Chronicle

 

Video Trailer - Magic Spoon Productions

Publicity Photos - Errich Peterson

Production Photos - Kimberley Mead

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire

 

Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

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