Theater that unfolds around you
|Melody Grove, photo by Drew Farrell|
up a chair and wet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theater, live music
and strange goings-on as Miami Dade
College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts takes
the theater into a favorite Miami destination: the bar. A runaway hit of the
2011 Edinburgh Fringe, National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart immerses audiences in a one-of-a-kind
theatrical experience. The show is filled with rhyming couplets, whiskey shots
and wittily wild karaoke as Prudencia’s story unfolds among and around them. This story of love, music and the Devil takes
up residence for six performances at Bar 337 (formerly PAX), a bar at the
intersection of Little Havana and Brickell from Wednesday, February 19 through
Sunday, February 23.
|Photo by Johan Perrson|
wintry morning, Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a
conference in the Scottish Borders, the region of Scotland that borders
England. As the snow begins to fall, she finds herself trapped in a secluded
bar with strangers, only to be swept away on an enchanting, dream-like journey
of self-discovery full of magical moments and devilish encounters.
of the Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “The Scotsman”
gives it five stars and “The Herald” declares, “You shouldn’t miss this show
for the world….(it’s) rambunctiously life affirming and touchingly beautiful.”
The National Theatre of Scotland's company of actors and musicians indulge
audience in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired
by traditional Scottish Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert
Service that “subverts the traditional poetic form” according to Scotland’s The Guardian.
Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia was drawn to the unconventional production
in 2012 after seeing it live in Washington DC. “It’s one of the top theater
experiences I’ve ever had,” she said. “The show literally happens all around you. The cast – which serves as both
the actors and the musicians - engages the audience with such inventiveness and
fun that you can’t help but be swept up in its magic.”
The Strange Undoing
of Prudencia Hart
is the product of a weekend visit to a Kelso pub in the Scottish Borders by
playwright David Greig, director Wils Wilson and composer Alasdair Macrae. What
began as simple research on Scottish Border ballads soon became the inspiration
for the show. Border ballads are a collection of songs from the region where
England meets Scotland, a place with a long tradition of balladry. The Border
ballads are usually sung unaccompanied and with no chorus, but with repeating
motifs and recurring themes, often about the supernatural.
in 2006 with a commitment to site-specific performance, The National Theatre of
Scotland has created more than 186 productions in over 156 locations. Their
unique collaborative mission and dedication to innovating theatrical
productions have resulted in international acclaim, particularly for Black Watch, which continues to tour internationally,
and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
As the company themselves declare: “All of Scotland is our stage, and from here
we perform for the world. We are a theatre of the imagination - a Theatre
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