PIMENTO & PULLMAN
Two one-acts, one by Thornton Wilder, one by Jerry Mouawad
playing June 12-15 (5 shows only!)
Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Avenue
June 12 to 15, Thursday at 7:00, Friday at 8:00, Saturday at 3:00 & 8:00, Sunday at 3:00
Tickets: $10 to $20
For tickets, call Imago at 503.231.9581 or Ticketswest at 503.224.8499
This June, Imago Theatre closes its season with two unusual one-acts: A ride like no other by Thornton Wilder and a clown absurdity by Jerry Mouawad.
PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA
Wilder dramatizes a Pullman car as it makes its way from New York to Chicago on a wintery December 21 in 1930. The influence of this one-act comedy is evident in Wilder's future well-known three-act plays. Conventional time is suspended, and the only true measures of existence are life and death
The Pullman Car takes us on a metaphorical journey of the American landscape through time, space and emotions. "The playwright's warmth, humor and love for humanity permeate the drama." -Variety, December 12, 1962
The Pullman Car is directed by Jerry Mouawad, taking an ensemble of ten on a metaphysical journey with 8 cars, 8 chairs, 6 suitcases and simple special effects.
The cast includes Carol Triffle, Sascha Blocker, William Barry, Cedar Braasch, Laura Loy, Terry Lybecker, Mark Mullaney, Samson Syharath, Rafael Miguel and Sam Bridgnell.
In the second one-act Pimento, Mouawad has staged three clowns in innocent yet “accidentally” lewd encounters (rated R for ‘graphic gestures'). Bee Bee (Stephanie Woods) is courted by a Japanese military-crazed band leader (Mark Mullaney) whose militarist inclinations have him spaz out the joint, which is overseen by Mah (artistic co-director Carol Triffle), who dotes with spunky humor on her awkward wallflower daughter.
What does the director currently call the piece? – "Sideways. I was influenced by northern European films that have been created in the last ten years, where clown-theatre in film is portrayed as innocence mixed with its opposite.