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Bruno Schulz at the Hennessy Theatre

February 13, 2008

The writings, art and life of Polish-Jewish artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942) are brought to life by guest artist Double Edge Theatre of Ashfield, MA, Feb. 16 and 17 on the Hennessy Theatre Stage. “Republic of Dreams” inventively explores the writings and imaginings of the World War II era artist and adapts his lush, magical and sometimes erotic drawings to the stage. Using their signature style of physicality, imagery, live instrumental and choral music, Double Edge deeply explores Schulz’s powerful prose and life, as well as his banal death at the hands of a jealous Nazi.

Schulz is one of the pillars of twentieth century diasporic Jewish literature who focused on the inner and outer lives of Jews living in Central Europe. His work was written at a time of great danger, at the advent of fascism as well as a spiritually corrupt time when materialism was especially dominant. Yet, Schulz's work was a transformative literature, inspired by the power of dreams. As he said in one of his essays, “No dreams, however absurd or senseless are wasted in this universe.”

Double Edge Theatre, founded by Artistic Director Stacy Klein, is widely renowned for its classic literature adaptations and original theater performances. Throughout it’s 25 year history, this unparalleled organization has demonstrated the deeply felt tribute to past artists combined with new "explosive" possibilities drawn from an original training methodology and approach to long-term devised ensemble work. To learn more about their work visit www.doubleedgetheatre.org.

“Republic of Dreams” is conceived and directed by Stacy Klein and co-created by Carlos Uriona and Matthew Glassman with Carroll Durand and the Double Edge Ensemble. Original music is composed by Jacek Ostaszewski and the artwork is designed by Mira Zelechower Aleksiun.

“Republic of Dreams” is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, the six New England state arts agencies and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund. Support also comes from the UNH Humanities Center, Discovery Program and the Office of the Provost.

“Republic of Dreams” runs Feb.16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. There will be a panel discussion connected to the Discovery program “Dialogue on Democracy” after the Saturday night performance with members of the company and UNH faculty. There will be a post performance discussion on February 17 with the company, which will focus on the production and its themes.

For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office (Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm) at 603-862-2290. You may also purchase tickets at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $10.00 for seniors, UNH ID holders; and groups of 15 or more. The UNH Theatre Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information, and show times, please call the Theatre and Dance office at 603-862-2919, or visit us at www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.

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