The playwright has taken the story out of India and set it in an unnamed country, referred to as Country X, which is currently colonized by Country Y. Which means that it could be anywhere, at any time in history. The characters are also referred to by letters, which means any one of them could be any one of us. A group of friends from Country X discuss the question of friendship between a Country X-er and a County Y-er, with some coming down on either side of the argument. The theoretical question is put to the test when a successful Country X doctor becomes friendly with a couple of Country Y-ers, goes on a trip to the local caves, and is falsely accused of a crime. Things get real, and perspectives shift, as that friendship seems next to impossible. We're not shown the resolution of the events, but left to ponder the ideas ourselves.
|the cast of Passage (photo courtesy of the theaters)|
|photo courtesy of the theaters|
Exposed Brick is a relatively new theater for me, but I've been attending shows at Pillsbury House + Theatre for years (if you're curious what that + means, listen to our podcast!). Two things I love about them: their work is always meaningful and deals with important and relevant issues, but is still compelling and entertaining theater. And they have the best talk-backs in town, with representatives from related community organizations involved so that the discussion is about more than just the play, but how it relates to our world. I encourage you to see the show on talk-back days - Oct. 1 (Million Artist Movement), Oct. 6 (The Native Youth Arts Collective), or Oct. 13 (AshaUSA).
Passage continues Thursdays through Sundays until October 15 (note the 7pm start time for evening performances).