Centre College drama students will present a public production of Martin Crimp's 17 "scenarios for the theatre," titled "Attempts on Her Life."
Crimp is known for exploring aspects of contemporary life, including the alienation of individuals and the darker moments of human relationships. In "Attempts on Her Life," Crimp's scenarios turn the definition of "play" on its head.
Crimp presents the audience with a series of darkly comic, irony-laden scenarios in which the identity of a mysterious woman is repeatedly imagined, discussed, dissected and then dismissed. Who is she? A romantic young woman, a suicidal artist, an international terrorist, a refugee mother, or even a car? The audience plays the role of detective, piecing together scattered clues in search of her identity.
Director Patrick Kagan-Moore says, "For us, Martin Crimp's play has been a dream-like 'trip' through the mechanics of postmodern life - making and unmaking meanings; catching the thread of plot, then losing - or willfully destroying - it; laying claim to identities that are subsequently undermined by events or simply cast off as no longer useful."