|photo by Todd Craig|
The play begins with a voiceover about the beginnings of the world, which is similar to the beginnings of our world, but different. It doesn't take very long to be completely immersed into this world, with its specific language that is slightly different from our own, but close enough to be understandable (day is referred to as light, night as dark, a year as a turn, with some made-up words that make complete sense after a few repetitions). We're in the Motherpine Station, which every year welcomes pilgrims on their way to visit the Cave of the Mothers. Except that they haven't seen many pilgrims lately, so when one shows up at the same time that strange things begin happening, it throws the world into chaos. There's a mysterious fog, strange creatures killing animals and people, and a wolf with one red eye and one white eye who may actually be there to help. The story follows the classic hero cycle as an apprentice (star)gazer, the sort of holy person of the group, needs to accomplish dangerous tasks to save the community.
|photo courtesy of nimbus theatre|
The Red and the Bright is a new original story that feels like an ancient legend from a land that is different from our own, but with a shared humanity. A story of persevering through hardships and coming together as a community to keep the dangerous creatures at bay so that everyone can live in peace. A pretty great story for nimbus' 50th show and post-pandemic return.