A short synopsis:
36 Exposures takes place in a present-day, unnamed country that is destroying itself through civil war and internal conflict. Quee, a female dissident and writer has been thrown into prison for inciting crowds with her poem, “I Have Seen.” Her followers want her freed and begin to take action— first through peaceful protests, and then through more violent confrontations. Raymond, an American photojournalist, sets out to find Quee and bring her story to the world. Ray and a fellow reporter, Lon, meet strong opposition from both military and civilian factions. Ray is captured but still pursues his quest that leads him on a surreal journey to a killing field where the Dead speak. As the country falls into total anarchy, he finally meets Quee and they, along with all the other factions, work out their fates.
The script’s history:
36 Exposures was commissioned by Producer and Director Gregory Abels for the GATE Theatre (Gregory Abels Theatre Ensemble). The play previewed at Washington Square Methodist Church, New York City; The Studio Theatre, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey; and The Nelli Goletti Theatre, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. The play premiered at the Prague Theatre Academy (DAMU) Zlomvaz 98 Festival at Studio Ypsilon in Prague, The Czech Republic, then played the Městské Divadlo (City Theatre) in Mladá Boleslav and JAMU-Divadlo Marta (Marta Theatre) in Brno, The Czech Republic. These performances played during April and May, 1998.
The play was written for an ensemble of twelve actors, seven males and five females. It can be produced with a minimum of seven actors, four males and three females.
In the above performances, the play ran with one intermission with the scene “Holiday” beginning Act 2. The play can be performed without an intermission, running less than two hours. The roles of Quee and Raymond should be played by the same two actors. The other roles are divided among the ensemble.
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