Orange flower water

July 07, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

"Orange Flower Water," a play by Craig Wright, will open at the Studio Theater Saturday, July 13.

The title comes from the name of a distillate made from orange blossoms used in baking and in cologne. Orange flower water is a symbol for beauty and for the possibilities that can draw us to destruction, Wright says.

The play tells the story of an extramarital love affair, probing the mystery of a world in which "people hurt each other, and love keeps happening."

Written by this Protestant minister who lives in Minnesota, the play contains strong language and sex scenes.

As was Wright's play "The Pavilion" - presented at 2001 Contemporary American Theater Festival and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize- "Orange Flower Water" is set in Pine City, Minn.


"It's really heartbreaking," says Ed Herendeen, CATF producing director.

Wright has been in residence on the Shepherd campus since the beginning of June. He has not been involved in daily rehearsals.

"I have a lot of faith in the process," he says.

Wright says he's constantly striving to find ways to affirm the world as it is - without illusions. If you look at all the awful things that happen in the world, you might ask, "Is it worth it to keep the world," he says.

He looks for ways to say yes.

All performances take place at Studio Theater

Thursday, July 11 - 8:30 p.m. A pay-what-you-can preview.

Saturday, July 13 - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 14 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17 - 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 19 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25 - 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. The second show will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Saturday, July 27 - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 28 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31 - 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3 - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4 - 7:30 p.m.

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