|"If I Never Look Upon This Land Again" and "An Ugly, Lovely Town"
| Open: 09/22/11 Close: 09/22/11
Dialogue with Three Chords presents “If I Never Look Upon This Land Again” and the curtain-raiser “An Ugly, Lovely Town” as the third installment of the recurring theatrical collaboration from playwright Stephen Gracia and director Michael LoPorto. Set in 1872, five former criminals wait in a dockside pub for the return of the SS Britain: a ship that can redeem their violent pasts by making them sailors.
“If I Never Look Upon This Land Again” explores whether the worst of humanity can find redemption. In this case, redemption means employment on the SS Britain under its remarkable Captain Gray. “On a visit to Bristol I spent an afternoon walking through the SS Great Britain,” explains Gracia, “there, I read the story of Captain Gray: a beloved captain who disappeared from the Britain mid-voyage.”
For the former criminals hoping to sail out on her, the USS Britain is their only form of salvation. They learn that they aren’t the only ones whose salvation depends on the ship. “In the end,” Gracia continues, “‘If I Never Look Upon This Land Again’ is about those who are left behind, those looking for a second or third chance, and those who are ‘redeemed by faith alone.’”
The show also features the short play "An Ugly, Lovely Town.” Set in modern-day South Wales itfeatures two characters who find their redemption in their childhood crushes and dreams of piracy. “This Dialogue with Three Chords performance is the most Punk Rock one so far,” Gracia reflects, “this is a one-take and hit the stage night.These brand new plays will be rehearsed for two nights prior…these pieces will find their legs in front of an audience.”
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About the Company: Dialogue with Three Chords
Dialogue with Three Chords was founded by Stephen Gracia and Michael LoPorto. It applies the stripped down, do-it-yourself philosophy of punk to the stage and features short plays and live music on the 4th Thursday of every month at Mr. Dennehy’s in Greenwich Village. Gracia and LoPorto’s previous collaborations have been produced for HERE Arts Center, The Sargent Theatre, The Makor Theater, DUMBO Theatre Exchange, Levenson Hall at Brooklyn College, and the Theaters at 45 Bleecker.