Genre: Drama
©Sean P. Doran
By Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley, Directed by Charmian Creagle

Baal lives in a world of pleasures without regret. Society and religion dictate that this is the wrong way to live. Baal lives outside the box and rejects its safety. Is it Baal's rejection of the "rules" of society that causes his downward spiral or is it the "rules" themselves?

In this production of Brecht's first play, a woman is cast in the title role. Is "he/she" another one of life's many boxes? Gender and sexuality in our society are still hot-button issues as people try to fit life into definitive boxes. "Are you gay or straight?" "How can one physically be female and feel male?" Why do we need these definitions so badly when it makes more sense to accept that a whole range of possibilities exists? We are STILL very gender specific. It must fit "in the box."

This production of BAAL is in a different type of box. With music composed by Alan S. Hewitt, the theater itself is a dark, Weimar cabaret where the old German and new American freaks and artists converge to tell the story of a character who is a hero to some and a demon to others.

CAST: Lyndsey Anderson, Sara Jeanne Asselin*, Jennifer Boehm, Jane Elliott, John Forkner, Kyle Haggerty, Melissa House, Jadelynn Stahl, and Kymberlie Stansell.

CREW: Charmian Creagle (Director), Chanda Calentine (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Mariana Carbonell (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Alan S. Hewitt (Composer/Musical Director), Romanka Zajac (Set Designer), Ryan Metzler (Lighting Designer), Rien Schlecht (Costume Designer), Amiti Perry (Choreographer) and Jennifer Perrotta (Production Assistant).

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.

Cast: Lyndsey Anderson, Sara Jeanne Asselin, Jennifer Boehm, Jane Elliott, John Forkner, Kyle Haggerty, Melissa House, Jadelynn Stahl, Kymberlie Stansell
Open:   03/01/07
Close:   03/25/07

Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 5pm
Theater:   Looking Glass Theatre
Address:   422 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$15.00, $12.00 Students and Seniors, TDF vouchers accepted
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