Monday, March 5, 2012


Thinking Cap Theatre Presents
Book by Sarah Kane
Mar 8 – Mar 31

Cleansed by Sarah Kane was first performed in April 1998, at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Like her debut work "Blasted", it is horrifically violent, but did not attract the same depth of vilification from the critics that the first play did. At the same time it seems to be filled with the redemptive power of love. While love does not help you win against madness or brutality, it is the best thing to hold onto while you're losing. This is, despite its horrors, Kane's most positive play.

It is set in some kind of institution, part of a university set aside as a sanatorium for mental patients or drug offenders, but this is not completely clear. It also partly seems like a dream sequence, a drug-induced hallucination, or a future totalitarian regime ridding itself of undesirables. The head of the institution is Tinker, a drug dealer rather than a doctor, who rules over it calmly meting out torture, brutal death, and pseudo-medical experimentation.

Thurs, Fri, & Sat @ 8 PM


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