The 46 plays range in length from less than a minute to just under five minutes, chosen and arranged by Full Circle's co-Artistic Directors Rick Shiomi and Martha B. Johnson, who also direct some of the pieces. There's quite a wide range, and I won't pretend to understand all of them, but there's definitely a lot to hold your attention as we travel across time and space. Some of the plays are funny and absurd, some are somber. Some have many characters, some just two. Some have music or movement, some are like poetry. Most are seemingly simple scenes of everyday life, although some are fantastical or historical. But there's something profound about all of these little scenes play out one after the other with a cast of diverse ethnicities and walks of life.
|the cast of 365 Days/365 Plays (photo courtesy of Full Circle)|
There was a post-show discussion the night I saw the show, which helped me to process and make sense of what I had just scene (pro tip: always stay for the talk-back). Some themes that came out at the discussion were the simplicity and complexity of the piece, the way that the plays together speak to the interconnectedness of us all, and the opportunity to rewrite history and claim it for our own (see also, Hamilton). In fact, this show, this cast, this theater with their mission of diversity, representation, and justice, is exactly what we need in this post-Hamilton world. A world in which all of us are represented in the stories we tell.
365 Days/365 Plays continues at Penumbra Theatre through June 11. And if you're interested in discussing or learning more about the idea of representation, consider attending one (or both) of these discussions next week:
- Monday June 5, Mixed Blood: Artists of Today Intersecting Systems from Yesterday
- Wednesday June 7, Guthrie: Refugia: A Dialogue about Collaboration, Representation, and Community