By Steven Dietz
Directed by Artistic Resident Elizabeth Nearing
Presented by Next Stage Productions
On Stage II
Saturday, April 20 at 11 am & 2 pm
Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm
*All performances are pay-what-you-can
The first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Still Life with Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home.
Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno — a magical place in which workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day, a world where memories are kept in the pockets of everyone’s coats. The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the “best” of everything on their island — and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her memories, leaving her with no recollection of her home or her family. Using a single clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey — Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, at age 11) — and frees herself from the Great Goods. She returns to Nocturno, having found her past, and her home.
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