To use the adjective of our playwright/director, our most talented actress was luminous last night.
I am luridly expectant at the prospect of seeing â€œWhat She Knewâ€ â€” playwright and critic George Hunkaâ€™s retelling of â€œOedipus Rexâ€ from Jocastaâ€™s point of view. In this production, the â€œFirst of the Red Hot Mamasâ€ will be played by Gabriele Schafer. Schafer is best known as one half of the company Thieves Theatre, which she ran for many years with her husband Nick Fracaro, and was most notorious for a theatre piece they did in the early 90s in which they lived in a teepee at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge for several months. More recently, I saw Schafer play both Hamletâ€™s father and mother in a Butoh-influenced version of the Shakespeare play (â€œQ1: The Bad Hamletâ€ â€” produced by New World Theatre). The hair-raising performances I saw makes me to think there couldnâ€™t be a better person to do an â€œerotically transgressiveâ€ one-woman show about Oedipusâ€™s mother. The production is under the rubric of Hunkaâ€™s company, Theatre Minima, and will be playing at Manhattan Theatre Source, December 1-11. For more info: www.theatreminima.org.