According to actor David Quay, being a clown is an exercise in honesty. Quay created and will star in this year’s Chau-Talk-One, which has its one-time show at 7 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater.
While gearing up for the recently closed Broadway play Lucky Guy, actor Deirdre Lovejoy sat in the house during technical rehearsals writing a script for her new one-woman show.
In the wake of events such as the Sikh temple shooting in Milwaukee this past week by a white supremacist, the story of United States-run Japanese internment camps from World War II is especially pertinent.
“In many ways, it feels like we are exactly back at that same time. We are just as if not more afraid than we have ever been as a nation,” said Joel de la Fuente.
De la Fuente portrays Gordon Hirabayashi in a one-man play called Hold These Truths, which is based on the true story of a second-generation Japanese-American who refused to enter the internment camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The play debuts for one night only as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s Chau-Talk-One series at 7 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater.
Instead of dozens of actors littering the stage of Bratton Theater, one man stands alone delivering every line of the play.
“(Being an actor) is the closest I’ve ever come to being on a team, and when you are the team, it’s kind of weird,” Andrew Weems said.
Weems is the sole author and actor in his one-man show Damascus, which shows at 8 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater. The piece runs as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s second annual “Chau-Talk-One” series, which gives solo artists a forum to present their work.
It’s a season of leading ladies on- and offstage for Chautauqua Theater Company.
The plays showcase strong females such as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story and Rosalind in As You Like It. But offstage, CTC touts blond and vivacious Vivienne Benesch in her first year as the sole artistic director.
“All of the characters central to these plays are really going through a moment where their understanding of who they are within themselves and within their community is on a precipice,” Benesch said. “That is a really interesting current. Being witness to that is exciting theater.”