2009 Season

The Window Age

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Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2009

A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Richard Frederick, Gary Graves, Joel Mullennix, Gregory Scharpen & Jan Zvaifler.

1920’s, England in the aftermath of World War 1. The conception of the human mind is being reframed by the Modernist Movement in art and literature, the burgeoning field of psychoanalysis, and the emergence of a strange new affliction: the War Neurosis (“shell shock”). A Modernist writer, not unlike Virginia Woolf, and her troubled war veteran husband receive a visit from an old friend, an expert psychoanalyst not unlike Sigmund Freud. As the evening unfolds, we go deeper and deeper and deeper into the unconscious minds of this mysterious trio—a husband, a wife and a rival.

“I suddenly saw this scene in front of me—this path, these four trees, this part of the mountainside—as a single window I was looking through, and nothing more, nothing more beyond my field, this field, of vision.”

 

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Richard Frederick*
Joel Mullennix*
Jan Zvaifler

Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Stage manager: Kristen Fitch

* Member Actors’ Equity Association

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“…a psychological thriller, a suspenseful, intriguing, multi-level thought-evoking work that will leave you spellbound!” (Charles Jarrett, Rossmoor News)

“…a triumph of their [Central Works] particular style of collaboration between author, actors, director and designers developing a show.” (Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet)

“…a probing, intimate and rewarding theatrical experience.” (George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape)

“Una obra excelente, muy recomendable para jóvenes y adultos. The Window Age es un tour al inconciente humano” (Mario Echevarria, SF Tribune)

“Under Gary Graves’ superb direction, The Window Age re-imagines the emergence of modernist thought in the aftermath of World War I…with guffaw-producing humor, uncanny third dimension sub-consciousness and moving passion…” (Kathryn Abajian, The Piedmont Post)

“Chris Chen on the Central Works Method” (Chloe Veltman, SF Weekly)