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Department of Theatre and Dance

The Agony of Ecstasy

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The Agony of Ecstasy

Written by Sabina Berman
Translated by Adam Versenyí
Directed by Gina Sandí-Díaz
Streaming May 7 - 15, 2021

“The Agony of Ecstasy” is a compilation of four short plays exploring the performative aspects of gender norms and the power struggle at the heart of human relationships. “The Moustache” introduces us to a couple who struggles to accept their true selves and has resorted to using a fake mustache to 'perform' gender in public; “The Love Nest” explores the toxic patriarchal construct of femininity in the triad of "virgin," "mother," and "whore"; “The Pistol” is about a married couple that fights over the control of a pistol the husband brought home for protection. Or is there an ulterior motive? Finally, in “Teeth”, a sadistic dentist and his nurse terrorize the mouth of a client although, she could just be hallucinating it all. We shall see. This production delivers punch after punch, in a rollercoaster of emotion and passion. 

The cast includes Diego Barba, Cecilia Cantu, Cynthia Carranza, Joshua Clark, Alexis Gonzales, Krishan Joshi, Emily King, and Andrew Trevino.

The production was rehearsed and filmed following strict Federal, State, and University protocols to ensure a safe, clean, and socially-distant production environment.

A talk back with translator, Adam Versenyí will take place at 3:30pm on Sunday, May 9th. Audience members can register for the talkback by clicking here.

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"The Agony of Ecstasy" show program, click here.