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The Skriker by one of Britain’s foremost playwrights opens at Lewis Center for the Arts


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) Princeton University’s Program in Theater presents The Skriker on February 11-12 and 17-19.  All performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.

Caryl Churchill, one of Britain’s foremost contemporary playwrights, has created a magical, malevolent, and mad world in her daring theatrical work The Skriker. Based in English folklore, The Skriker takes childhood stories and manipulates them, placing control within the hands of a frightening, shape-shifting creature on the lookout for love and revenge. The Skriker pursues two teenagers, Lily and Josie, bringing them into a world where the rules are made to be broken and where wishes are too good to be true.

Here at Princeton, we are told that we are able to do anything, that we are able to save the world. In The Skriker we are presented with two very different characters, who in their own way try to do just that. What happens though, when we are not able to do what it is that we wish to do, and when we get pulled in by the magic along the way? We often think of fairytales as the “happily ever after,” but The Skriker reveals the darker underside to those cautionary tales, taking us beyond the world of Grimm and into a world beyond our understanding and out of our control.

The Skriker is a collaborative thesis production through the Lewis Center Program in Theater. Molly Silberberg '11 (Comparative Literature major) is directing the production, while Nushelle de Silva '11 (Architecture major) plays the title role of the Skriker and Bethy Atkins '11 (English major) plays the role of Lily. The show features original choreography by Jeffrey Kuperman '12 and electronic music with live electronically manipulated harp music composed by Emi Nakamura '13 and played by harpist Michaela Shaw '12. This production features a movement ensemble of six women bringing to life various characters from English folklore, providing a particularly female-focused production Churchill’s post-modern fairytale. Audiences should be advised that the subject matter is particularly dark and may not be appropriate for young children.

Performances for The Skriker will be held on February 11-12 and 17-19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.  Tickets are $10 for students and seniors; $12 for the general public. For advance tickets call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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