‘Passion according to G.H.'

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:21

HIGHLAND LAKE - On Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 the NACL Theater will present “The Passion according to G.H.” a solo performance adapted from the Brazilian novel the “Passion according to G.H,” by Clarice Lispector. Tannis Kowalchuk portrays G.H., a woman whose normally uneventful life is turned upside down by the discovery of an enormous cockroach in her home. The play is a philosophical foray into the question of existence and is both humorous and highly physical. Kowalchuk builds a white room around the 28 spectators who sit inside the intimate set, magically creating the environment where her story takes place. The hour long performance is directed by Brad Krumholz. On Saturday there will be a post show discussion with professor Alexis Levitin from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Levitin has translated Clarice Lispector and is an entertaining discussion leader. “The Passion according to G.H.” was developed in 1998 while the company was in residence at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City. The show premiered October 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has since played in a variety of downtown New York City theatres, in Washington DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, Buffalo, The Catskill Festival of New Theatre, the Network of Ensemble Theatres, Zuppa Circus Halifax, The National Theatre School of Canada, Callicoon NY, and Winnipeg Manitoba. The Village Voice wrote “Kowalchuk’s beautiful performance makes the evening a delight. She simply glows as a woman whose ordinary life turns on its head when she discovers a cockroach in her home. Kowalchuk has one of those rare qualities only good Beckettian actors have: she manages to wrench meaning and drive spectators to metaphysical flights out of the most quotidian matters.” NOW Magazine of Toronto writes: “The Passion according to G.H. ] ventures into Kafka territory with the story of an elegant woman who has a life-changing encounter with a cockroach. With her powerful voice and control of the stage--the audience sits within the set and is directly confronted by the performer-- Kowalchuk gives added life to an intelligent and witty text.” Performances are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. The NACL Theatre is located at 110 Highland Lake Road., Highland Lake, N.Y., one mile from Eldred. Seating is limited to 28 spectators only. Call 845-557-0694 or visit www.nacl.org .