Saturday Sept. 19: Reception and Discussion after matinee performance of Satori Group’s “Returning to Albert Joseph” by Spike Friedman ‘07 (2 PM, ’62 Center for Theater and Dance). Ticket reservations: ’62 Center Box Office (413 597-2425) or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32885
The Gaudino Fund hosts a reception and discussion following the performance of the Seattle-based Satori Group’s play “Returning to Albert Joseph.” Immediately after the Saturday matinee on Sept. 19, there will be a brief “talk-back” between Professor Paul Park from English and the director, playwright, and actors in the AMT, followed by time for reflection and food in the ’62 center lobby.
The play was written by Spike Friedman ’07 and is directed by Caitlin Sullivan ’06, with set design by Cate McCrae ’13. In a society where rational thinkers are heroes and those who don’t fit are forgotten, Andrea and Leo are two strangers brought together under extraordinary circumstances. After witnessing an unspeakable act of violence, Leo’s mind goes blank and the two are forced to run. Hiding together in a long abandoned schoolhouse, Andrea attempts to fix Leo. Together they dive into their memories, but in attempting to save each other they risk destroying themselves.
Haunting and deeply funny, “Returning to Albert Joseph” is about losing nouns, losing the plot, and more generally loss. It’s about how we remember, why we forget and what remains when our words are gone.