International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June 28, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel Street
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06510
International Festival of Arts & Ideas @ Yale Repertory Theatre | New Haven | Connecticut | United States

“The Events” is a new play by renowned Scottish writer David Greig, commissioned by Actors Touring Company and premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2013. Dealing with issues of community, tolerance, and how to cope in the wake of traumatic events, this is a major new work. The play received numerous 4 out of 4 star reviews in the British press and has been nominated for Best New Play in the United Kingdom by the prestigious What’s On Stage awards; it was also selected as best production of the year by Lyn Gardner, theater critic for The Guardian. This will be the U.S. premiere of the production.

“The Events” tells the story of Claire – a progressive female priest who leads a choir in a community setting. Claire experiences something terrible – a young man with extremist political views turns a gun on those who ‘aren’t from here’ in an attempt to make his mark on society.

These terrible events are not dramatized. The play is not filled with violent acts. It takes place in the aftermath of the events, and it follows Claire’s attempt to understand how someone could do such an awful thing. The play focuses on the reaction of communities to acts of aggression and how hard it can be to move on. Ultimately, Claire finds her peace, and retakes her place in the community.