Sims v the Detective in Quark's "The Nether"
In only a few short seasons, Quark Theatre
has built a reputation for producing thoughtfully staged work that's conceptually ambitious, intellectually challenging, and technically do-able: little plays full of big ideas. Keeping with the Quark tradition, Season Four is exploring themes like the meaning of life, the meaning of death, the meaning of meaning, and what all that means. It marks the company's fifth year of making theater together, and its first as a nonprofit
WAKEY, WAKEY by Will Eno
Wakey, Wakey is a funny, sad, tragic, comic examination of life and the leaving of it. In the first line of the show, GUY, the protagonist, seems to rouse from a nap and says “Is it now? I thought I had more time.”
And then we’re off to an examination of GUY’s life as he comes to the end of it. But it’s not a wake we’ve come to attend, but rather a celebration of GUY’s life, and OUR lives, too. A funny, thoughtful, at times tearful examination of what it means to be human.
The New York Times called “A glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play.”
A NUMBER by Caryl Churchill
When an adult son confronts his father about the reality behind his existence and identity, a dark world of truths, half-truths and lies is exposed...and nothing will ever be the same. The son learns he is but one of a number of clones, each with his own distinct personality and life. When multiple versions of a person exist, how can he be sure the love of his father is real?
The New York Times called it “A gripping dramatic consideration of what happens to autonomous identity in a world where people can be cloned.”
Quark's next show is Radiant Vermin
. The comedy by Philip Ridley opens March 15th.