Kara Lee Corthron's Etched in Skin to Premiere in 2011-12 Season at Philly's InterAct Theatre

News   Kara Lee Corthron's Etched in Skin to Premiere in 2011-12 Season at Philly's InterAct Theatre
InterAct Theatre Company, the Philadelphia theatre devoted to plays that explore issues of social, cultural and political relevance, will stage the world premiere of Kara Lee Corthron's Etched in Skin On a Sunlit Night, about an African-American painter who flees to Iceland.

The company's 2011-12 season was recently announced. Etched in Skin, to run Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2012, is billed this way: "Originally commissioned by InterAct in 2009, this intense and theatrical drama about lust, culture clash and betrayal marks the arrival of one of the most exciting new voices in American theatre. The compelling story follows Jules, an African-American painter who has fled the U.S. under ambiguous circumstances and embraced a whole new life and family in Iceland.

"As Barack Obama's meteoric presidential campaign makes Jules more homesick than ever, her husband presents their biracial daughter with a shocking present, and a mysterious visitor shows up at Jules' studio. This whirlwind of events brings the demons of Jules' past crashing down on her new family and challenges her sense of racial and personal identity."

The 2011-12 InterAct season aslo includes a "TBA" slot (April 6-29, 2012) and A New Play Festival (June 5-24, 2012) featuring readings of more than a half-dozen new works from artists around the country.

The new season will open Oct. 21-Nov. 13 with the Philly premiere of Sarah Treem's The How and the Why, about a rising evolutionary biologist wrestling for the truth with an established leader in the field. "Their real competition is the fiercely male-dominated enterprise of academic science, where a female perspective has never even been considered...until now," according to InterAct notes.

For more information, visit interacttheatre.org.

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