Convergence-Continuum continues the 2014 season with the Ohio premiere of Jordon Harrison’s dark comedy thriller “Amazons and Their Men”. The play is a revealing look into the role of artists and propaganda during wartime.
Amazons and Their Men is directed by convergence-continuum’s Artistic Director, Clyde Simon, and features company actors Lauri Hammer as the Frau, Clint Elston as the Man, Jack Matuszewski as the Boy and Jaclyn Cifranic as the Extra.
The show will open on Friday, August 8, 2014 and will run through August 30, 2014. Show days and times are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The play will be presented at the Liminis Theater that is located at 2438 Scranton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. Reservations and info are available at convergence-continuum.org, by calling (216) 687-0074, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is 1930 in Berlin as the fascist government is on the verge of taking control. “The Frau” (based on Leni Riefenstahl) has made her mark in the film world by directing beautiful propaganda films for the government. For her new project she simply wishes to make a beautiful film. She has cast herself in the lead role of Amazon Queen Penthesilea (who falls in love with Achilles on the Trojan battlefield). For Achilles she has found a dashing young man from the Jewish Ghetto as well as a Romanian gypsy to play Achilles’ companion and lover, Petroclus, in the film.
Things begin to unravel and get dangerous as the men’s off-camera life begins to imitate what is being filmed. At the same time, the Frau’s sister (whose recurring claim to fame is her ability to die spectacularly on camera) is trying to make the Frau aware of the dark situations that are happening in the world around them.
The convergence-continuum production of Amazons and Their Men is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Amazons and Their Men, the company’s 61st production, is the fourth of six in the 2014 Season (our thirteenth). The company’s season runs from February (during which we stage the NEOMFA Playwrights Festival) into December.
All of the cast and crew of Amazons and Their Men have been involved in previous convergence-continuum productions in many and various capacities. The company seeks to create a core ensemble that continues to work together over the long term in exploring and developing its artistic voice, and performance and production practices, to create up-close, environmentally staged productions that challenge the status quo and extend the boundaries of theatre.
Convergence-Continuum was founded in 2001 by Clyde Simon (Artistic Director) and Brian Breth. The company’s artistic home, in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, is the Liminis, an intimate, versatile, storefront performance space, with maximum seating of 40-50 depending on the set-up for each show. The company produces alternative/experimental theatre work by living playwrights, and completely transforms the Liminis for each show, immersing audiences into the world of the play in up-close productions.