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Director Statement:

This brilliant play is about the way we label things, according to our subjective cultural context, in order to make them 'safe'. once we change those labels-- or they are changed for us--ware forced to either take responsibility for our actions, or to run away from that responsibility. Hence a vibrator is perfectly acceptable, as long as it is used for medical reasons, but if we label the treatment as 'sexual', it completely changes the way we perceive it. Likewise, Sarah Ruhl meditates upon labels or stereotypes about beauty, gender and race.

Part of my goal has been to get across how humans have always tried to understand themselves better by negotiating the relationship between mind and body, sexuality and the soul, our sensual desires and our need for transcendence. Over the centuries, different societies have found different answers to these questions. In fact, even concepts we take for granted, such as marriage, have been defined differently by different cultures throughout the ages. In addition to performing the play, we explore these issues through intermezzos created by a chorus of talented actors. The intermezzos include student written work, poems of Charles Baudelaire "Les Fleurs du Mal" (Flowers of Evil and quotes drawn from Clifford Bishop's book "Sex and Spirit".