THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS

 

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"These savages may be happier than we civilized people..."

The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man’s gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. Civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz’ stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.

 

This play contains disturbing imagery, gun violence, racialized language, loud noises, and is not intended for very young theatre-goers.

 

Approximate run time: 1 hour 45 minutes, without intermission

 

March 24 - April 28, 2019

Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Avenue

 

Premiere Season Sponsors

Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime

 

Production Sponsor

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Sideshow is happy to provide the following accessible services for the performances listed:

 

Audio Description and Touch Tour:

Sunday, April 14: 1pm Touch Tour, 2:30pm performance

Open Captioning:

Sunday, March 31: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 5: 8pm performance

Sunday, April 21: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 26: 8pm performance

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

adapted from a radio text by Wolfram Lotz

translated by Daniel Brunet

directed by Ian Damont Martin

 

March 24 - April 28, 2019

Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens

2433 N Lincoln Avenue

 

Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes, without intermission

The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man’s gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. Civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz’ stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.

 

This play contains disturbing imagery, gun violence, racialized language, loud noises, and is not intended for very young theatre-goers.

 

 

 

Premiere Season Sponsors:

Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime

Production Sponsor:

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Sideshow is happy to provide the following accessible services for the performances listed:

 

Audio Description and Touch Tour:

Sunday, April 14: 1pm Touch Tour, 2:30pm performance

Open Captioning:

Sunday, March 31: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 5: 8pm performance

Sunday, April 21: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 26: 8pm performance

The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man’s gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. Civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz’ stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.

 

This play contains disturbing imagery, gun violence, racialized language, loud noises, and is not intended for very young theatre-goers.

 

 

 

Premiere Season Sponsors:

Melinda McMullen and Duncan Kime

Production Sponsor:

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Sideshow is happy to provide the following accessible services for the performances listed:

 

Audio Description and Touch Tour:

Sunday, April 14: 1pm Touch Tour, 2:30pm performance

Open Captioning:

Sunday, March 31: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 5: 8pm performance

Sunday, April 21: 2:30pm performance

Friday, April 26: 8pm performance