presented by ACTLab and The Kenan Directing Showcase

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Dates: Sept 21 – 29, 2018
Running Time: approximately 110 minutes, with one 10-minute intermission.
Location: Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space 
A world built on greed rather than empathy will always turn its back on the good in a person.

Three gods in search of lodgings are taken in by Shen Te, a poor girl who sells herself to make ends meet. In exchange, the gods give her favor, fortune, and the title of “a good person”. Shen Te desperately tries to live up to her new status, but her neighbors see only opportunity in her kindness, forcing Shen Te to create a male alter ego, Shui Ta, to protect herself from being torn in two by the selfish nature of her world. Brecht’s classic parable seeks to expose the contradictions within our society, and asks the question: Is this the world we want to leave our children?

Ahna Demaro, Director
Rachel Miller, Stage Manager
Alexander Winterle, Scenic Designer
Amber Parker, Lighting Designer
Andre Nelson, Composer and Sound Designer
Kat Laveaux, Costume Designer

Ahna Demaro is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with training in filmmaking, acting, and directing. Past theatre credits include: Lost and Found and A Jungle Book (Peppercorn Theatre); Urinetown, Drood, and The Music Man (Playmaker’s Rep); Henceforward (Deep Dish Theatre); and Living Dead in Denmark (The ArtsCenter). She debuted in the UNCSA School of Film production of Where Mothbloods Bloom. The film made its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival and most recently appeared at the RiverRun International Film Festival. While in school, she directed Lungs and Doubt, using a black box and a minimalist approach. She discovered that the empty space held no limitations, inviting only the freedom of choice and discovery. In Seattle, she hopes to continue breaking theatre down to the basics so that the heart of her stories can shine through even on the rainiest of days.

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