By Wallace Shawn
directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary
April 29th-May 21st, 2011*
The Factory Theatre
off Northampton Street,
between Tremont St & Columbus Ave)
Boston, MA 02118
*part of Stories, Fables and Lies,
a month-long rep series with Mill 6 Collaborative
for the complete performance calendar, click here
General Admission: $20
*all Wednesdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($5 minimum)
“How far do your memories go back? Mine start when I was three:
A lawn. The sun. Mother. Father. And Aunt Dan.”
Step inside Lenora's London flat: she has a tale to tell. It's a tale from her childhood, when she spent her summer evenings listening to her parents' glamorous and cosmopolitan friend Danielle weave stories about her loves and lovers, her escapades and adventures. A quiet and withdrawn child, Lemon escapes into the often seedy world of Aunt Dan's stories: lost in the adventure of it, but often without fully understanding it.
Aunt Dan and Lemon is both an acutely trenchant comedy and a chilling cautionary tale about the unintentional lessons that children can learn.
“A very skilled, very scary act of seduction...” - The New York Times
For mature audiences only.
is one of the most controversial playwrights of contemporary American theatre. His involvement with theater began in 1970 when he met Andre Gregory, who has since directed several of his plays. As a stage actor, he has appeared mostly in his own plays and other projects with Gregory.
His early plays, such as Marie and Bruce, portrayed emotional and sexual conflicts in an absurdist style, with language that was both lyrical and violent. His play A Thought in Three Parts caused a minor uproar in London in 1977 when the production was investigated by a vice squad and attacked in Parliament due to allegedly pornographic content. In later years his plays – including Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Designated Mourner and The Fever - have become increasingly political, drawing parallels between the psychology of his characters and the behavior of governments and social classes.
In an essay for the London Guardian that appeared in connection with his 2009 play Grasses of a Thousand Colours, Shawn posited that the mainstream media presented "the portrait of a normal, stable, adequate world - a world not ideal, but still good enough – [the newspapers are] committed to telling its readers that many things will not happen, because the world is under control, benevolent people are looking out for us, the situation is not as bad as we tend to think, and while problems do exist, they can be solved by wise rulers.”
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary
Emily Woods Hogue