BY THE BOG OF CATS by Marina Carr (Virginia Burke and dead swan, photo by Tony Nelson)
Set in rural Ireland, By The Bog of Cats mixes the trademark dark humor of the Irish with an uncompromising tale of abandonment and shocking self-sacrifice. Hester Swane (Virginia Burke) is an Irish “tinker,” a woman born of gypsies, and tied to the bleak landscape of the bog where she has lived her whole life. Her younger lover, Carthage Kilbride (John Catron), with whom she has a daughter, is on the verge of a marriage to another woman that will bring him land, wealth and respect. Refusing to acknowledge that Carthage could ever leave her, Hester grips more tightly and tragically to the life she believes is rightfully hers.
In this loose retelling of Euripides' Medea, Marina Carr blends the mythic with the modern, populating The Bog of Cats with misfits, witches, and ghosts. Following the sold-out run of their Ivey Award-winning production of The Pillowman during the Guthrie’s 2007-2008 season, Frank returns to the Dowling Studio to bring its fearless, take-no-prisoners style to this bold and uproarious play.
Frank Theatre’s production of BY THE BOG OF CATS features a stellar cast that also includes Bob Davis, Annie Enneking, Melissa Hart, Cheryl Willis, Anika Habermas-Scher, Eric Sharp, Gabe Angieri, Tony Brown, Christopher Kehoe, and Sulia Altenberg alternating with Izzy Rousmaniere. The production is directed by Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox, with scenery by John Bueche, costumes by Kathy Kohl, lighting by Jeff Bartlett and sound by Michael Croswell. The production is stage managed by Spencer Putney with assistance from Katie Burger.
Production opens March 13, 2009!