Inspired by Neil Bousfield’s wordless novel of woodcut images, Walking Shadows: A Novel without Words, this physical theatre piece was built through collaboration with cartoon scholar David Berona and New York composer Ben Kutner. Shadows is performed and co-created by physical theatre artist C. Robin Marcotte, professional dancer Amanda Whitworth, and director Elizabeth Daily—all colleagues at Plymouth State University.
Shadows is a piece of physical theater drama detailing the complicated lives of an economically challenged working-class family during the industrial revolution. Through devising, the collaborators looked to the source material to define the style of the work. When they saw Bousfield’s woodcuts of an assembly-line worker and a janitor, the physical aesthetic of the artwork and the labor of their jobs (and marriage) inspired them to bring the story to life.
Shadows follows a poor couple, working opposite shifts in the same factory, struggle through addiction, family crisis and death. They see that every decision is a choice, but finding the strength to break the cycle tends to be the hardest choice of all.
Continuing with the theme of the wordless novel, Shadows does not contain spoken text. Instead, the collaborators sought ways to engage their bodies precariously in hopes to elicit a striking visceral response from the audience.
Showtimes are Thursday August 30th at 7:30pm, Friday August 31st at 8:00pm, and Saturday September 1st at 8:00pm. For tickets, click the link below or call our box office Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm at 603.433.4472.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre is located at 125 Bow Street in historic downtown Portsmouth New Hampshire. Our lobby bar opens one hour before showtime, and doors to the theater open at one half-hour before showtime. Handicap seating is available.