The Great God Pan e-Bulletin
november 24–january 6
Relativism. When I was in graduate school, this buzzword seemed to chase me around from subject to subject. The relativity of time translated to the relativism of memory which translated to the relativism of truth and identity. The "Theater of the Absurd" reflected this slippery unknowability of existence in aesthetic form. But I always had trouble with this notion. It seemed to me the elusiveness and fluidity of identity did not necessarily indicate the absence of identity. Everything I knew about the endeavor of dramatic action screamed the opposite. Drama is uniquely poised as an art form to represent the bubbling forth of submerged secrets onto the surface. ...
Does everyone think of childhood as inherently frightening? I believe I had a happy childhood and yet most of my concrete memories have a tinge of fear.
On a family vacation in California, a car ride up the Pacific Coastal Highway where everyone but me got carsick.
A woman on the ground in a dead faint next to the snack bar at the local swimming lake. A little girl, about my age, saying "Mommy, mommy."
With my brother on a resort in North Carolina, looking for the scheduled talent show and walking into a wedding instead; the laughter of hundreds of formally dressed people when they realized our mistake. ...
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT, CAST, & DIRECTOR
Visit our show page to read more about The Great God Pan, including bios for Amy Herzog, Carolyn Cantor and the cast!
"Freud has no rivals among his successors because they think he wrote science, when in fact he wrote art." –Camille Paglia
When Freud popularized the concept of the unconscious mind at the turn of the last century, he sort of turned over a massive punch bowl at the stuffy cocktail party we were having. Our lives would never be, will never be, the same. However much we, in the day-to-day, choose or don't choose to subscribe to modern psychological concepts, we can't not be aware that every moment, every interaction, is colored by a now-instinctive knowledge that the people around us are far more complex than we can possibly make out, driven by the chemicals, experiences and non-rational impulses that one accumulates, voluntarily or not, simply by traveling through the world. As W.H. Auden famously said of Freud, "to us he is no more a person now but a whole climate of opinion under whom we conduct our different lives." ...
BACKSTORY: NOT SO TOTAL RECALL
Early in Showtime's lovable-serial-killer series Dexter, the show's titular psycho discovers a pool of blood and suddenly recalls the decades' buried memory of his mother's brutal slaying, the long-invisible engine of his murderous compulsions. Without the show's high camp style, its audience might fail to empathize with a murderer or forgive his loved ones' ignoring the giant bag of knives in the trunk. But no such assistance is required for most of us to accept the extraordinary mental mechanics at Dexter Morgan's core. Westerners take it for granted that a memory of severe trauma can be repressed for years, invisibly shaping one's neuroses, until resurfacing either on its own or with the help of a therapist. ...
MEET THE TEAM
During the run of The Great God Pan, post-performance discussions with Amy Herzog and Carolyn Cantor have been scheduled for the following dates:
– Tuesday, November 27
– Wednesday, December 5
– Sunday, December 9 (following the matinee)
These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!
Patron's Perspective: Jill Dolan
Playwrights Horizons asked Patron Program member Jill Dolan why she has supported the organization for the past three seasons. This is what she had to say:
I've been writing about and advocating for women in American theater for several decades now, since the problem of women's inequality as playwrights and directors persists. Women playwrights tend to be underrepresented in regional and New York theater seasons, and women directors too often don't get the opportunities they deserve to ply their trade. ...
Meet Amy Herzog, learn about her career, and hear about The Great God Pan! Ms. Herzog will appear at the Drama Book Shop at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, November 29 in conversation with Playwrights Horizons' Director of New Play Development, Adam Greenfield.
Following the event, she will sign copies of her plays, including hot-off-the-press Preview Edition copies of The Great God Pan.
The Drama Book Shop is located at 250 West 40th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues; admission is FREE!
welcoming the residents
Each season we welcome nine fabulous new residents to the Playwrights Horizons family. This season we are fortunate to have residents in our Casting, Literary, Marketing, Development and Musical Theater departments as well as two stage management and two directing residents.
Our residents gain invaluable experience as well as provide crucial support to their departments. They are responsible for reading incoming new plays and musicals, writing grant proposals, scheduling auditions, researching niche audiences, and much more. We truly couldn't do it without them!
This year's residents, pictured from left to right, are: Eva Schelbaum (Casting), Sarah DeLappe (Literary), Amy Rosenblum (Musical Theater), Stephen Milosevich (Stage Management), Ashley-Rose Galligan (Stage Management), Katie Stoppiello (Marketing), and Katya Rubasheva (Development). Not pictured below, Michael Leibenluft (Directing) and Logan Vaughn (Directing). Playwrights Horizons' Theatrical Residency Program is generously supported by the Tiger Baron Foundation, Con Edison, The McGraw-Hill Companies and many individual donors.
Member tickets to The Great God Pan are $30 each (reg. $70) for all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening performances and $35 each for all other performances. YOUNG MEMBERS: 30&Under Member tickets are $20; Student Member tickets are $10.
We recommend The Great God Pan for those aged 14+.
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