Cry Old Kingdom
March 8 - April 7, 2013
by Jeff Augustin
directed by Tom Dugdale
Being alive is having to choose.
Haiti, 1964. Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s repressive regime has forced once-successful artist Edwin into hiding, turning him into a walking ghost. When Edwin finds a young man building a boat to escape to America, and persuades him to pose for a painting, he finally feels alive again. But with cries for revolution resounding through the nation and the regime’s death squads on the prowl, no one’s life is safe. Sometimes trying to dream and survive forces impossible choices.
Jeff Augustin’s play The Imaginary Life of Millo St. Jean was developed and produced by Snapdragon in New York. He is the winner of the 2011 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and was the 2012 Kennedy Center Playwright Observer at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Augustin is currently an M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate at University of California, San Diego, and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in theatre arts.
Age Level: Ages 16 and up (Grade 11)
Content Advisory: Contains strong language and adult situations
What the critics are saying about Cry Old Kingdom
“Cry Old Kingdom is the ambitious story of three individuals searching for a clear pathway through a terrifying political climate.”—Erin Keane, WFPL
“Scenes between Henri and Edwin are a joy to watch… The rhythms of their verbal sparring are matched only by Dugdale’s strong staging.” —Erin Keane, WFPL
“Majors is a kinetic beauty, moving with the grace and strength of a young man denied his full abilities for too long, while Lucien’s measured caution provides an effective and mature counterbalance.” —Erin Keane, WFPL
“The denouement is theatrical, poetic and moving, with a beautiful effect by lighting designers Russell H. Champa and Dani Clifford.” —Erin Keane, WFPL
“Jeff Augustin’s Cry Old Kingdom is a sparkling example of why so many theater people descend on Louisville every spring.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
“An ambitious, exciting and moving exploration of the scars a brutal, torturous regime inflicts on all its people” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
“Three characters. Three fundamentally different responses to tyranny. And three brilliant performances.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
“Augustin’s script is rich in ideas, images, language and anecdote, and he examines questions around love, loyalty, art and revolution in novel and provocative ways.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
“The entire production crew has collaborated to create an exquisitely realized world.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
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