Synaesthetic Theatre presents Arcana: Cycle of the Fool. This multimedia performance piece is comprised of interchangeable compositions set within a dreamlike landscape of war; exploring loss, fear, courage, moral conflict and love. At the beginning of each performance, a selection of cards from the Major Arcana of the Tarot will be shuffled and drawn by the Reader, who serves as the master of ceremonies for the evening. This live chance selection will determine the order of presentation for the compositions, arranging them into a unique nightly "reading" for each performance.
The Reader guides the audience through the performance, offering insights, speculation, history, compassion and commentary as the journey unfolds. On stage, the actors represent moments of transformation, drawn from both the nation's and their own personal histories. On screen, a young man and an aging woman search for purpose and some sense of control over their separate, yet intersecting lives. Both film and stage characters grapple with personal responsibility and the loss of innocence and security. Like the warrior Arjuna from the Bhagavad-Gita who falters when driven to kill his own kin, the characters inhabiting Arcana must find their own paths to the Truth, or risk disillusion and despair.
There is an additional performance Saturday, May 29 at 3pm.
Appropriate for audiences 12 and older.