The Cataract

Friday, October 19 - 28, 2012
B. Iden Payne Theatre

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Written by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Will Davis

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

“I want to know you. I want to crawl underneath your skin…We are different, but deep down, very deep down, we have a shared language, a shared way of reading the world. If I could truly know you, then I could understand the world and my place in it.”

Set in Minneapolis in 1883, this poetic drama explores one week in the lives of Cyrus and Lottie Finch, a stalwart couple who take in two vagabond lovers from the South. The unlikely pairs’ intersection unearths their deep-seated desires – ones which they fight to keep buried.

About the playwright and director
Lisa D’Amour is a Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin. Her acclaimed play Detroit (Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist) was recently produced at Steppenwolf Theater Company and London’s Royal National Theater.

Will Davis (formerly Daria Davis) recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Department of Theatre and Dance. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently pursuing her master of fine arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Oct. 19, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm
Oct. 21, 27, 28 at 2pm

“I think they are talking about us”: Engaging the Themes of The Cataract
Wednesday, October 24
9:30 pm, immediately following the performance of The Cataract

Within Lisa D’Amour’s play The Cataract, Lottie speculates to her husband Cyrus about two new houseguests, whispering, “I think they are talking about us.”

Audience members are invited to an evening of intersectional dialogue, placing theory and practice in concert with one another through the lens of The Cataract. Join us as we investigate a variety of themes and directorial approaches – from Noh theatre to Victorian’s obsession with flowers and futurism.

Unearthing The Cataract: A Conversation with Lisa D’Amour and Will Davis
Sunday, October 28
3:30 pm, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performance

Audience members are invited to an intimate post-performance talk with playwright Lisa D’Amour and director Will Davis. Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play Detroit is currently on stage at Playwrights Horizon in New York. Learn more about Lisa’s work in the latest review on Detroit – starring Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer – from The New York Times.

From Nothing to Bounty, An Interview with playwright Lisa D’Amour – Austin Chronicle
Conflict, emotional expression floods new play – The Daily Texan
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