Live-streaming in April - Hold Me Well by Eva Suter
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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.
"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."
"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."