Great Romance

written by Jess Barbagallo, Space Grant At Large 2013
directed by Katherine Brook

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8pm

Jess Barbagallo

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income [Buy Tickets]

“I started writing Great Expectations when I was a graduate student at Brooklyn College. At the time, it had another title – The Beauty of Berlin, and maybe even another title before that. So, it’s a work that’s been through lots of permutations, a reflection of my ongoing relationship to relationships, I suppose, which used to dominate the greater part of my head space. When I was in my early 20s, I was with someone I secretly thought I wanted to marry, a fraught desire for a queer person in 2005 and I suppose, even in 2013. Anyway, this play began as a gift to my partner after we split, a rather perverse good-bye present. Obviously, I was trying to process the demise of my first major romantic relationship.

The play was begun in 2009 and it’s four years later. That life seems very far away from me now, the domestic one I had with one person. So this play is maybe a collection of the things I’ve learned about loving in between, a reflection on the temptations, blessings and curses of marriage. I always wanted to make something like Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, something that spanned time and kept checking in with people as they changed and grew. It continues to be a work in progress.

Mostly, I’m excited by its unabashed use of heightened language, what I conceive of as a really bastardized version of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde all rolled into one. And some other influences too … the great melodramas, like Tennessee’s Williams’ work, or that wonderful speech in Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas – the speech Sam Shepard wrote for Harry Dean Stanton to deliver to Nastassja Kinski about loving someone so much you tie a cowbell to their ankle so you’ll always hear them if they ever try to run away – and when they do escape, it sets you off screaming into the desert, your house on fire, until you get so far away from where you were you don’t know where you are anymore.

I love that stuff.”

Jess Barbagallo, Space Grant at Large 2013

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One of BAX’s longest-running programs, the Space Grant Program is designed to give Brooklyn based choreographers, playwrights, and multi-disciplinary artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory.

Join us as these artists take their new works-in-development from the studio to the stage. These evenings are designed to offer both artists and audience the opportunity to exchange their impressions of the work. A reception will follow Saturday’s performance. During the reception, we invite the audience to engage the artists in conversations that delve into their intentions, inspirations, and the audience’s perception.

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