Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stage Left's Number

Stage Left - Cedar Rapids' plucky new company Stage Left Productions will present A Number by Caryl Churchill, the first show of their second season. This weekend you can see the show at the Paul Engle Center in Cedar Rapids. They will follow that with a second weekend of performances at Public Space One in Iowa City.

A Number is about a man who clones his son and his son's reaction to discovering he is not unique. According to director Josh Beadle, “A Number is simultaneously about cloning and yet not at all about the subject but about the effects”.

Beadle says what he enjoys most about this piece is the way “Churchill writes a direct and pointed play about the effects of an almost forgotten controversial topic, and writes not about the act itself, but about the ethical implications therein. The show, in all its linguistic simplicity, shows how the most well intentioned lie can produce the most disastrous results for anyone.”

The production features Coe College professor Steven Marc Weiss as the father and Steve Wunderlich of Cedar Rapids as the sons.

A Number will run March 6-8 at the Paul Engle Center located at 1600 4th Ave SE in Cedar Rapids, and March 13-15 at Public Space One 115 E. Washington St in Iowa City. All performances will begin at 7:30 PM; the box office will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the show or reserved in advance. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For tickets, call (319) 329-6612.

Check back for a review of this show.

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