The story takes place in a desolated land "after the fires." A sickness is plaguing the community, there is no water except what they can get from a well, and the mythical healers have left them. They have rituals around their every day lives, from the wells, to the pots that hold the water, to the funeral services. Director Isabel Nelson noted in a post-show discussion that they were interested in the classic hero cycle, but less interested in it being a solitary hero. So they settled on a pair of heroes - friends Robin and Wren (everyone is named after the birds that have left, so they know what shape their spirit will take when the die). Apprentices to the keeper of the clay and well (respectively), the pair is sent on a quest to find the healers in a place known as "the green." What they find there and who the healers are is surprising and beautiful. As is often the case in hero stories, they accomplish their goal and bring life back to the community, but not without cost.
|Robin (Alison Witham) and Wren (Vinecia Coleman, photo by TLA)|
|Robin (Allison Witham) and Wren (Vinecia Coleman)|
under the stars (photo courtesy of TLA)
Head to Illusion Theater, on the 8th floor of the Cowles Center on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis (tip: park at the library for just $5 evenings and weekends) between now and February 22 to see After the Fires, another uniquely lovely creation by Transatlantic Love Affair.