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2009-2010 Season Statement

A Celebration of Postmodern Political Theatre:

So, What’s a Revolution Anyway?

Castillo Theatre’s 2009-2010 season is full of characters talking, singing and dancing (not to mention celebrating, agonizing, laughing and crying) about revolution.

We Americans have mixed feelings about revolution. We like our own, of course. The American Revolution, we are taught, brought us freedom (even if the “us” involved wasn’t all of us) and continues to shine as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world. On the other hand, we tend to be fearful of most revolutions since then.

So, what are we talking about here? Can revolution only be understood as a radical overthrow of the existing order? Or can it be seen as something — as revolutionary activity — that human beings do together, day to day?

The title character of Castillo’s season opener, Safe at Third (or Josh Gibson Don’t Bunt), thinks so. “That’s what everybody has in common,” Gibson says. “Everyone’s a revolutionary disguised as something else.”

Some of this season’s offerings deal with revolution as uprising: Fred Newman’s Risky Revolutionary looks at a successful revolution in Cuba; Heiner Müller’s The Task looks at an aborted revolution in Jamaica; and Mario Fratti’s Che looks at Che Guevara’s revolutionary misadventure in Bolivia. Others take on the question of revolutionary activity: Youth Onstage!’s The Work/Play speculates about a revolutionary reorganization of the relationship between work and play; All Stars Hip Hop Cabaret brings the rebellious European tradition of cabaret together with the American revolution that is hip-hop; and Fred Newman’s Safe At Third casts the audience as voyagers on a revolutionary journey across the universe.

So, what is a revolution, anyway? Welcome to Castillo’s 2009/2010 season, where we’ll perform some answers together!