Rorschach Theatre will be conjuring one classic and one modern myth in its 2012-2013 season, the company announced last Monday.
The modern myth will be Robert Kauzleric’s Neverwhere, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. Neverwhere, which has already been adapted as a BBC television series and a graphic novel, tells the story of a young man who befriends a strange and wounded young lady – and finds himself transported to the London sewer system, where familiar landmarks have been transformed into the mysterious, the perverse and the threatening. Centerstage Chicago called the show “[s]pectacle and story so ambitious and colorful, poetic and vulgar, heroic and homely, it’s like eavesdropping on your favorite author’s waking dream.” Jenny McConnell Frederick will direct.
Neverwhere will run August 15 to September 16, 2013, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Rorschach will also stage – jointly with the Synchronicity Theatre of Atlanta, Ga. – a world premiere retelling of the Minotaur myth. The Minotaur, Anna Ziegler’s (Photograph 51) modern version of the ancient myth about a man with the head of a bull, has a heroine who is ready to save the world as soon as she finishes her Connect 4 game, and a chorus composed of a priest, a rabbi, and a lawyer. The play is currently running in Atlanta, and Bert Osborne of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that “[t]he play is basically cut from the same cloth as Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses’…and Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’.” Randy Baker will direct this play, which will run here between January 18 and February 17 of next year.
In addition, Rorschach has scheduled its Klecksography – a one-day event in which three dozen theater artists will collaborate for a week to present six brand-new short plays – for December 8, 2012. Further information about Rorschach’s Klecksography is unavailable as of press time.
See the entire 2012-2013 season at
“Season at a glance”: DC Theatre Scene’s Interactive Guide to the Washington DC Area Theatre Season