• Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?

Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? (DETSILY?) {remounted}

Caryl Churchill

After successful shows at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, Artists’ Theater of Boston is thrilled to remount this one-of-a-kind production of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? at Brandeis University for three performances only.

Details

All shows are FREE (donations encouraged!).

Limited seating available

Shows are located at Brandeis University in the Merrick Theatre (part of the Spingold Theater Center; see map below or the interactive campus map on the Brandeis website). Parking is available in the lot behind the Spingold Theater Center, off the main loop road (see map).

Thursday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 5th at 8 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6th at 8 pm

Just what would you do for love? To be loved? To what abuses of power—his, yours—would you consent? Guy needs Sam, and Sam is nothing without Guy. But Sam, it turns out, is a country. And Guy? Well, he’s just a guy. No, wait, let’s try that again.

As Sam and Guy work ever more desperately to reinvent the power that charges their relationship, Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? offers a critique of the U.S. state’s neo-imperialist foreign policy, inaction on climate change, and clandestine abuses of human rights abroad in the name of protecting freedoms at home. In the name of “the pursuit of happiness.” To protect a way of life.

But U.S. history, and its critique, doesn’t simply belong to those with gender and race privilege. Working with an ensemble, the ATB production of Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? explores how a major question of the play—what one will do to be recognized and loved as a citizen of the U.S., to enjoy freedom, and to pursue happiness—applies not only to the everyman of Churchill’s script but to members of other communities who lack what the educated white man Guy has: full citizenship, real opportunities to pursue happiness, a normative identity to be lost or given up, and the agency, both personal and political, to navigate entrenched structures of power and appropriate power as an expression of one’s own individuality.

Content warning: Through words, movement, sound, and images, Drunk Enough? explores intimate partner and mass violence, through analogy to U.S. C.I.A. operations overseas, including invasions of sovereign countries, political assassinations, bombing and other military operations, and torture.

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

We were both BLOWN AWAY by what we saw. Not just the play, which is pretty intense, but the total commitment of the actors, and the really brilliant way the director adapted it (we learned a lot from the talk-back, which was fascinating.) It stands right up there with my most memorable theater experiences at much better-known theaters.

Audience Member

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? is a must-see for students with a passion for theater or social activism alike.

The Brandeis Hoot

Cast

Tony Rios (Sam #1)

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Tony Rios is thrilled to be working on his third production with ATB, previously directing Charles Mee’s Trojan Women: A Love Story and acting in Much Ado About Nothing. A graduate of Brandeis University, Tony has previously worked with Berkshire Theatre Festival, Boston Actors Theater, Open Theatre Project, Interim Writers, among others. Thank you to Will, Tom, Anneke and a wonderful cast, and to all my friends who loaned me a couch and an ear on this trip from New York.

Will Jobs (Guy #1)

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Will Jobs is so grateful the world gets to see this very special production one more time. He is a Boston-based actor, improviser, director, and producer. Recent credits include the Captain in Love of the Nightingale (Open Theatre Project), Valère in Lovers’ Quarrels (imaginary beasts); Aeneas in Trojan Women: A Love Story and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Artists’ Theater of Boston). Will also performs throughout the Boston area with the long-form improv team MASH. Huge thanks to Tom for his brilliance and boundless generosity.

Ernest Paulin (Sam #2)

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Ernest Paulin is proud to continue his collaboration with Artists’ Theater of Boston, having featured previously in their other two shows Trojan Women: A Love Story and Much Ado About Nothing. Other recent credits include Disco Pigs at the Oberon and Zero Point Theater’s Merchant of Venice.

Mara Palma (Guy #2)

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Mara Palma is thrilled to be part of Artists’ Theater of Boston’s remount of Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? She was recently seen as Corrinna in Wellesley Repertory Theatre’s House of Blue Leaves and as DD in Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company’s Miss Penitentiary, A New Play by Laura Neubauer. Mara is blessed and grateful to ATB and their mission, the DETSILY cast and crew, Tom for all the mind-blowing insights, Sonnet LXV and Wellesley’s Shakespeare Society, and mom for giving us a chance at the American dream.

Paola Ferrer (Sam #3)

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Paola Ferrer is thrilled to (re)tackle her first assignment with ATB. She was recently seen in Radium Girls with Flat Earth Theatre performing multiple roles, including Mrs. Fryer, and Sob Sister. Other favorite credits include The Singer/Governor’s Wife in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Apollinaire Theatre Company), the Mother in Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding (Escena Latina Teatro), the Wife/Smoke Singer in The Good Person of Setzuan (Fort Point Theatre Company), and various TV and radio commercials, including one where she gets to ride her beloved bike. Next, she will be performing with Apollinaire Theatre in The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise. When not on stage, she is an attorney, non-profit director and community activist.

Anneke Reich (Guy #3)

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Anneke Reich is so thrilled to be part of Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? Recent credits include Bridge Rep’s Julius Caesar, Apollinaire Theater’s Blood Wedding, Imaginary Beasts’ Lovers’ Quarrels, and Artists’ Theater of Boston’s Trojan Women: A Love Story and Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a member of the Speak About It cast, a show about consent and sexual assault awareness and prevention. Endless thanks to the DETSILY team, Tom, and everyone who has been working tirelessly with ATB from the beginning. So much love.

Julia Davidovitz (Sam #4)

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Julia Davidovitz is very excited to appear as Sam #4 in ATB’s rendition of Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? This is her second production with ATB. Favorite roles include: Hero in Much Ado (ATB), Izzy in Rabbit Hole (Brandeis), and gender-swapped Randy Curtis in Lady in the Dark (Brandeis). So many thanks to Anni, Will, Tom, Melee and, as always, my family and friends. Follow the kitty on twitty @shadyjd3.

Adriane Brayton (Dancer)

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Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer and Boston Dance Company. She later attended the Boston Arts Academy and Connecticut College where she performed the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins, and Kyle Abraham. Her work has been performed in the This/That Show (MA), at Emerson College (MA), Bates Dance Festival (ME), The Sanctuary Theater (MA), Tufts University (MA), Third Life Studios (MA), The Museum of Science (MA), The Dance Complex (MA), Green Street Studios (MA), and Boston University (MA). After graduating in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance and choreography. She recently became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Adriane is currently a second year guest artist for the Expansive Meanings and Makings in Art Science Project for the TERC Organization in partnership with the National Science Foundation. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to work on Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? with Artists’ Theater of Boston.

Bronte Velez (Dancer)

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Bronte Velez, graced with a peach for a heart, reps Atlanta, GA. A Posse scholar and senior at Brandeis University, she will receive a B.F.A in May 2016 in her independently designed interdisciplinary major, “The Arts, Identity, and Community Building” that focuses on how creative arts praxis can lead to the deconstruction and challenge of systemic violence, redefine oppressed groups’ relationships to their communities, land, and themselves, and build alternative realities that contextualize the past, radicalize the present, and actualize a more just future. She is currently working on a thesis that works through a historical recovery of a near-distant future utilizing magical realism organizing and pedagogy as an act of decolonizing community imagination that will offer up methods we can practice in our today. Versed in several mediums, she believes in all forms of making as a way to actively work towards corporeally and visually offering up marginalized truths through herself and alongside the folks she has the privilege to encounter and grow with. Post-grad, as she embarks as a Spiritual Ecology fellow, she hopes to strengthen methods of animating spirit within our material encounters, as one of many rich ways to reconsider how we live, breathe, and give while we are in the world.

Production Team

Tom King (Director, Producer, Sound Designer, Dramaturg)

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Tom King is delighted to work with ATB again, after co-directing Much Ado about Nothing with Anneke Reich and Will Jobs in 2013. Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University, King (Ph.D., Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University) has also helped create interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in Sexuality and Queer Studies and Creativity, Arts, and Social Transformation. Prior to his teaching career at Brandeis, he worked as an A.E.A. stage manager in Chicago (Remains Theatre, Wisdom Bridge Theatre).

Anneke Reich (Producer, Dance Captain, Costume Designer)

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Anneke Reich is so thrilled to be part of Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? Recent credits include Bridge Rep’s Julius Caesar, Apollinaire Theater’s Blood Wedding, Imaginary Beasts’ Lovers’ Quarrels, and Artists’ Theater of Boston’s Trojan Women: A Love Story and Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a member of the Speak About It cast, a show about consent and sexual assault awareness and prevention. Endless thanks to the DETSILY team, Tom, and everyone who has been working tirelessly with ATB from the beginning. So much love.

Melee Lee (Producer, Stage Manager)

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Melee Lee is excited to be working with Artist’s Theater of Boston on their remount of DETSILY after making a triumphant return to theater and stage management with ATB’s Fall Residency at Aeronaut. When not working with ATB she is the Assistant Building Manager at EMW Bookstore, a community arts, music, and science space in Central Square. She is currently an undergraduate student studying Biology. Melee is looking forward to being a solid part of the ATB team and working on many projects to come.

Alex Weick (Projection Artist, Graphic Designer)

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Alex Weick is a multimedia artist, videographer, and writer who is based in Chicago. Their work is eminently concerned with gender and sexual identity, socialization, materialism, postmodern aesthetics and information technology. They are thrilled to be working with DETSILY and the ATB collective.

Ben Lieberson (Set and Lighting Designer)

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Ben Lieberson is a Boston-based lighting and set designer and visual artist. He is excited to continue his work with ATB, after designing for Trojan Women: A Love Story (lighting & sets) and Much Ado About Nothing (sets). Other recent designs include It’s Note About My Mother (Fresh Ink Theatre); Lab Rats, The Taming of the Shrew, and Echoes (Brown Box Theatre Project); Laughing Wild (Hub Theatre Company); Far Away (Whistler in the Dark); The Haberhasher! (Argos Productions); and The Aurora Project and Solace (Science Fiction Theatre Company).

Adriane Brayton (Choreographer)

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Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer and Boston Dance Company. She later attended the Boston Arts Academy and Connecticut College where she performed the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins, and Kyle Abraham. Her work has been performed in the This/That Show (MA), at Emerson College (MA), Bates Dance Festival (ME), The Sanctuary Theater (MA), Tufts University (MA), Third Life Studios (MA), The Museum of Science (MA), The Dance Complex (MA), Green Street Studios (MA), and Boston University (MA). After graduating in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance and choreography. She recently became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Adriane is currently a second year guest artist for the Expansive Meanings and Makings in Art Science Project for the TERC Organization in partnership with the National Science Foundation. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to work on Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? with Artists’ Theater of Boston.

Jessica Star (Projections Operator)

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Jessica Star is a Sociology and Theater Arts major with a Hispanic studies minor at Brandeis. Some of her theater credits include stage managing and lighting designing for the undergraduate theater collective. This semester she is excited to be working in the Brandeis Theater Company. She is thrilled to get the chance to work with DETSILY, and wants to congratulate the cast and crew on all their hard work.

Kelsey Brown (Props Master)

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Kelsey Brown is thrilled to be joining Artists’ Theater of Boston for their remount of DETSILY. She is a Mount Holyoke College alumna (2013). She has been acting, stage managing, and generally living in the theater for over half her life. She’s worked with Starlight Productions, Hampshire Shakespeare, Longwood Players, Bad Habit Productions, It’s a Fiasco Productions, and Open Theater Project. Thank you to the cast and crew for their tireless work. Thank you to her friends and family for accepting her crazy schedule and absences. Enjoy the show!