Theater Emory Concludes Season with Commissioned Work, "Ravished"

March 1, 2017

ATLANTA—Theater Emory concludes their season-long celebration of Shakespeare with “Ravished,” an original work inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” conceived and directed by Emory alumni and Out of Hand Theater co-founders Ariel Fristoe and Maia Knispel, running March 30-April 9 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. 

Set in an urban, industrial forest pulsing with high-energy pop music, “Ravished” combines the theatrical and sensual aspects of Shakespeare’s best-loved play into a work that confronts our present moment.

“We have upended ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and stripped it down to a bold, fierce, unembellished look at Shakespeare’s language,” says Jan Akers, artistic director of Theater Emory. “Part of the experiment is to see what kind of play we have when the words are taken literally – no apology, no sugar-coating - just asking the actors to behave as the words indicate. Midsummer's dark magic and potions wreak havoc. There are mysterious forces at work making everyone act out: no one is thinking straight or in control. The experiment is exciting and you can be sure this is not a Midsummer for children.”

“The characters threaten each other with rape and murder, repeatedly betray each other, and then they all have to get married the next day,” explains director and co-creator Ariel Fristoe. “’Ravished’ is about the irresistible magic of romantic love and sexual attraction that causes real people, every day, to betray, abandon, harass and assault each other.” 

“Theater Emory’s goal during its Year of Shakespeare is to approach Shakespeare’s works from as many perspectives as possible,” Akers says. “Inviting two Atlanta-based, Emory alumni to create a new work seemed like a perfect way to celebrate our exploration.”

Emory presents “Ravished” March 30-31, April 1 and 5-8 at 7:30 p.m and April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. April 5 is Pay-what-you-will at the door night. For mature audiences. Contains sexually violent imagery. Tickets are $22 general admission, $18 discount category members, $6 Emory students and are available at the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or arts.emory.edu. For additional information on Theater Emory’s celebration of Shakespeare visit theater.emory.edu/Shakespeare.  

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Theater Emory, the professional company in residence at Emory University, produces a wide range of drama, from classics to new works. Liberal arts undergraduates work with professional directors, actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs, choreographers, composers, music directors and stage managers.