New England Premiere!
FEB 28 - MAR 17
ESCAPED ALONE by Caryl Churchill
with COME AND GO by Samuel Beckett
directed by Tony Estrella
Over a summer of afternoons in a suburban backyard, four 70-something women chat amiably about topics big and small: grandchildren and lost keys, insomnia and a crippling fear of cats, chemical leaks and famine. By turns hilarious and unsettling, Churchill’s newest play explores the solace of community amid everyday fear and looming catastrophe. Don’t miss what The Observer calls “an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse” by one of Britain’s most innovative living playwrights.
PLUS...Samuel Beckett's COME AND GO in which three women of an “age undeterminable” meet on a bench after years apart. In less than 10 minutes, fond schoolgirl memories devolve into foreboding gossip. This beautiful, cryptic capsule of a play will leave you smiling and also haunted.
"This is Churchill at her best." The Guardian
"You may find a new bounce in your step as you leave." New York Times
Escaped Alone was recognized by StageSource's "Standing O" for promoting gender parity in theater.
THIS PRODUCTION IS SPONSORED IN PART BY A GENEROUS DONATION FROM W. LYNN MCKINNEY AND RON MARGOLIN
Set Design & Production Management by Jessica Hill
Costume Design by Amanda Downing Carney
Lighting Design by David Roy
Sound Design by Charles Cofone
Stage Management by Kristen Gibbs*
Set mural photography by Richard Buettner, Berlin photoblog
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Gamm mixes Caryl Churchill, Samuel Beckett in topical drama
Leave it to British playwright Caryl Churchill to combine a quaint English tea party and the apocalypse, and leave it to the Gamm Theatre to embrace that concept and stage the New England premiere. Churchill’s “Escaped Alone” and Samuel Beckett’s “Come and Go” begin on Thursday, and will be done together at each performance.
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"You find yourself laughing one minute and holding your breath for another. A first rate cast...moves these plays to their highest level."
Gamm Productions Balance Mundane Times With Terror
"You find yourself laughing one minute and holding your breath for another. A first rate cast...moves these plays to their highest level." The Public's Radio
Review: Escaped Alone
"Comical and chilling at the same time....The women have a palpable chemistry." EDGE Providence
“Escaped Alone” addresses fears big and small
"All four women are brilliant in their roles, jumping from breakdown to jokes to, in one charming instance, four-part harmony, complete with watering can “horn section.”" WPRO
Dazzling dialogue in ‘Escaped Alone’ at The Gamm Theatre
"[Churchill] never loses touch with ordinary, everyday existence and the human heart....Her language is often dazzling, just like her images." Providence Journal
Gamm goes to a garden party in pairing of short plays
"This is Beckett and this is your chance to experience his genius — in all its brevity." NewportRI.com
‘Escaped Alone’ tackles the light, and dark, sides of life
"The performances, the production and the ideas — not spelled out but brought up for examination — are good reasons to get to The Gamm in the next two weeks." The Independent
Gamm pairs Churchill with Beckett for a compelling experience
"It's all about the women at the Gamm Theatre this month where audiences can see two short, but powerful plays — each featuring first rate, all-female casts — and experience extraordinary acting and compelling theatre. ...Lots to ponder — from politics to friendships, from marriage to global warming and then some — in this thought-provoking play by a woman considered by many to be the greatest living playwrights of the English language." Westerly Sun