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THE STRANGER - the Object Group - Nov 2020
Some of the characters from "The Stranger," The Object Group's puppet-film adaptation of the Albert Camus novel.

Theater: “Neat,” “Sovereignty” + Camus

Actor’s Express’ Virtual Downstage series continues with a 16-performance run of Neat by playwright Charlayne Woodard. In telling the story of her cherished Aunt Neat, Woodward brings to life assorted incarnations of herself, other family members and people like the oh-so-cool, sullen tough guy who chooses her as his high-school girlfriend. The Express calls the piece “a tour-de-force solo play that inspires hope.” Charity Purvis Jordan (Synchronicity Theatre’s Eclipsed) plays the multiple characters. Eric J. Little directs. Livestreaming begins at 8 p.m. Friday (November 6) and continues Wednesday-Sunday through November 22. $15-$50. Get tickets HERE.


A live virtual reading of the Cherokee-themed drama Sovereignty takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday (November 8) through Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. Sovereignty unfolds over two parallel timelines — present-day Oklahoma and 1835, when the Cherokee Nation was 800 miles to the east in the southern Appalachians. The script by playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, a direct descendent of 19th-century Cherokee leaders, twists and turns from violent outbursts to healing monologues, illuminating a provocative double meaning for the sovereignty of both tribal territory and women’s bodies. Sovereignty was first commissioned by the Arena Stage’s Women’s Voices Power Play Cycle. This reading reunites director Molly Smith with original cast members. A conversation follows. $20 Carlos Museum members; $25 nonmembers. Register HERE.


The Object Group, which we haven’t heard from in some time, returns with a puppet-film adaptation of The Stranger / L’Etranger by French author Albert Camus (1913–1960). The adaptation comes from the fertile mind of Michael Haverty, The Object Group’s producing artistic director. Camus used the 1942 novel as a platform to explore absurdity, a concept central to his writings and and his questions about the meaning of life. The Object Group uses puppetry and cinema to address cultural alienation, the brutal lack of empathy in Western history, and the devastating effects of oppression on individuals and society as a whole. Part of 7 Stages Home Brew @ Home series. 7 p.m. November, 12, 13 and 14; 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. Tickets HERE.


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