Stephens College this weekend presents “Seven,” a documentary theatre production about seven women around the world who stood up to injustice and fought for the well-being of families and children around the world.
It’s a perfect piece for the Stephens School of Performing Arts, guest director Gillian Drake said.
“It’s issue-oriented,” she said. “This goes right to the heart of what women do here—the idea of ‘Who am I? How do I find my voice and when I find it, what do I do with it? How am I connected to other women in the world?’ These women started as nobody special but when the time came they knew themselves well enough to take action, and they took action that made them understand who they are. They worked through issues and inspired other women to do the same.”
The piece, conceived by Carol Mack and written by seven award-winning playwrights, focuses on the women’s stories.
The set is minimal, allowing the stories to come alive through music, lighting and movement.
Seven actors will portray the main characters, while also providing supporting cast to one another’s individual stories. Additionally, an ensemble of three will enrich the narratives through vocals and instrumentals, including guitar, flute and conga drums.
Drake expects audiences to be amazed.
“This will surprise people,” she said. “It begins seemingly as nothing but women telling their stories on a bare stage. They start as actors and in front of your eyes transform into these women. The stage is filled with women moving and singing and laughing. It is really beautiful.”
Seven begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday at Macklanburg Theatre. Tickets.
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