By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Casey Sean Grimm
A hilarious take-no-prisoners assault on hypocrisy, Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud Nine” is a whirlwind tour from 1880’s Africa to contemporary America, confronting colonial and sexual repression with a gender-bent cast of characters who traverse 100 years while aging only 25. Cross-casting over both sexual and racial lines, society¹s rigid expectations and stereotypes are brought into sharp focus as the characters struggle to fit their assigned roles in the first act in Victorian Africa. By the second act, today’s characters have started to claim their identities as they endeavor to find themselves in the changing sexuality of our time.
"Cloud 9" is co-produced by Mercury Players Theatre and StageQ, and will run in repertory with "Vamp."
Produced by StageQ and Mercury Players Theater co-production in the Evjue Theatre at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison
Performances: March 6 - April 4, 2009
Performance Times: Friday, 3/6/09, 8:00 pm Saturday, 3/7/09, 8:00 pm Saturday, 3/14/09, 8:00 pm Sunday, 3/15/09, 2:00 pm Thursday, 3/19/09, 7:30 pm Friday, 3/20/09, 8:00 pm Sunday, 3/29/09, 2:00 pm Thursday, 4/2/09, 7:30 pm Friday, 4/3/09, 8:00 pm Saturday, 4/4/09, 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Sundays and Thursdays, $10 Fridays and Saturdays, $15
Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days:
Mercury Players and Stage Q are holding auditions for two plays, to run in repertory between Feb. 27 and April 4. Vamp is a new comedy directed by Tara Ayres; a supernatural love story about Chloe, Angela, and the secrets they keep from each other. Cloud 9 is a satire by the great Caryl Churchill directed by Casey Grimm; a gender-, race- and time-bender show about colonialism old and new; a very wild ride. These plays will be auditioned simultaneously; all adult actors are welcome. Auditions: Monday Dec. 1 or Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm, at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St. Callbacks, if necessary, Dec. 3. Wear comfortable clothes and prepare to read from scripts. For more information, see www.stageq.com or www.mercuryplayerstheatre.com , or leave a message at 661-9696 x5.