Brave New World Repertory Theatre presents the New York premiere of this early Gertrude Stein play. The text is a thrilling example of Stein’s “theater of landscape.” Director Katherine Brook’s production takes a strong point of view on Stein’s abstract, fragmented text, interpreting its domestic-centered language as a fanatical pursuit of sweetness amid horror and violence. Moving briskly between war-time testimony, fractured poetry, and oozy baby-talk, the women in Brook’s production are drawn deeper and deeper into the uncanny valley of their femininity, in a world in which good housekeeping is a battlefield and pregnancy is contagious.
Pink Melon Joy brings together an exciting cast: Shonni Enelow, David Frutkoff*, Lucy Kaminsky, Catherine Mancuso, Sipiwe Moyo* and Alex Spieth*.
Sound design by Chris Giarmo, costume and scenic design by Diego Montoya, lighting design by Josh Smith. Dramaturgy by Shonni Enelow