Play Exposes Cynical View of Social and Sexual Mores

November 8th, 2006 by Adam

The Blue Room, adapted by David Hare from Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen, will be presented by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University Nov. 16-19.

The play follows a diverse selection of characters through a chain of sexual encounters. The journey they take, either collectively or individually, ends in the hypocrisy, folly and loneliness caused by the relationship. Hare created the work as a cynical view of sexual and social mores.

Director Heather Hamilton said, “The desire to connect authentically with another person is what drives the characters in The Blue Room. Not merely a play about sexual trysts, David Hare’s script explores the complexities of loneliness and need. It is an Existentialist play in which each of the characters, identified inauthentically by their profession instead of their name (The Cab Driver, The Actress, etc.) grasps desperately at the others in an attempt to be validated through recognition.”

Hamilton described the play as being about hope and courage, rather than sadness. She said, “The characters … search for their truths independently and alone, but are unknowingly connected to each other by the search itself.”

The cast includes junior art major Caitlin Ring of Westminster, Mass.; junior psychology major Christine Titus of Sunapee; and theatre arts majors Christopher Candage, a senior from Blue Hill, Maine; Sarah Connelly, a senior from Exeter, R.I.,; William Viau, a junior from Salem; Dane Grigas, a senior from Pembroke, Mass., Justin Weaver, a senior from Plymouth and Julie-Anne Whitney, a junior from Laconia.

Heather Hamilton holds a B.A. in philosophy and in theater from PSU and a doctorate in theatre history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches theatre history at Plymouth State University.

Hamilton has traveled extensively and has directed and acted in plays throughout New England and Virginia. She serves as director for The Wolfeboro Area Arts Center Theater Program, and artistic director for the Sandwich Players. She was the recipient of the 2005 N.H. Theater Award for Best Professional Actress and a finalist in the 2006 NH Theater Awards Best Supporting Actress.

Performances are Nov. 16 – 18 at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 – 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS. There is no youth ticket price as this production is recommended for mature audiences.