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Piece Her Together

  • The Edge Theater 5451 North Broadway Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

Friday, October 20, 7pm
Saturday, October 21, 7pm
Sunday, October 22, 3pm

What makes a person who she is? Who does she seek to become? What objects in her world help her get there? What forces conspire to stop her? How do those around her influence how she is perceived? Piece Her Together features soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett in a fully-staged theatrical production of two mono-dramatic works: Eliza Brown’s The Body of the State, a portrayal of Juana of Castile's imprisonment at the hands of her family, and Katherine Young’s When stranger things happen, a noir meditation on loss, myths of femininity, and the potential of the imagination.

Brown says she chose the story of Juana of Castile for “the scale of its drama, its emotionally fraught scenarios, the family power plays that affect thousands of people—and as a composer I was interested in the opportunity to allude to and subvert the operatic trope of the madwoman.” She collaborated on the libretto with members of a graduate class at the Indiana Women’s Prison, whose voices contribute to the electronic soundworld of the piece.

Katherine Young’s when stranger things happen is inspired by Kelly Link’s story “The Girl Detective.” The Girl Detective’s investigation takes her up trees, into dreams, and down into an underworld where lost things accumulate, generating lists of misplaced, missing, found, and untethered objects. Young asks members of Dal Niente to catalogue their own lost items, which become “preparations for traditional instruments, sonic objects in and of themselves, or metaphorical representations of less concrete concepts.”

Collaborators include Emmi Hilger (Director); Meriem Bahri (costume design); Kera MacKenzie (video design); and Nicholas Schwartz (scenic design).