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.
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
Tom King (Director, Producer, Sound Designer, Dramaturg)
Anneke Reich (Producer, Dance Captain, Costume Designer)
Melee Lee (Producer, Stage Manager)
Alex Weick (Projection Artist, Graphic Designer)
Ben Lieberson (Set and Lighting Designer)
Adriane Brayton (Choreographer)
Jessica Star (Projections Operator)
Kelsey Brown (Props Master)
Thank you to our co-sponsors
at Brandeis University
The Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation • The Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences • The Department of English • The Mandel Center for the Humanities • The Minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies • The Program in Social Justice and Social Policy • The Department of Theater Arts • The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Even more Thanks
Brandeis University • Actors’ Shakespeare Project • Charlestown Working Theater • The Democracy Center • Aeronaut Brewing Company • Minuteman Press • Tony Loreti • Adrianne Krstansky • Ayelet Schrek • Brian M. French • Cynthia Cohen • Elaine Wong • Grace Trapnell • John Crittenden • Kara Stokowski • Leslie Chiu • Lisa Pannella • Mary Ellen Tuccillo • Nash Hightower • Neda Eid • Patricia Chu • Penny Schwartz • Shannon Hunt