Hell and High Water, or Lessons for When the Sky Falls
by Jamuna Yvette Sirker
directed by Lorca Peress
Hell and High Water…is a poignant and sharply satiric account of the playwright’s experiences during Hurricane Katrina. Poetic, brutal and surprisingly funny, the story is told from the perspective of Sirker’s alter-ego, Teacher Alice, who journeys through the abyss of sudden homelessness. Mixing theatrical elements, as one would mix paint on canvas, Sirker creates a colorful array of New Orleans characters, which include an ethereal Bag Lady spirit guide who shows her how to navigate through hell and high water, and Katrina-Hiroshima, a Mardi Gras drag queen. Ms. Sirker weaves the historical and political along with farcical and surreal elements while exploring the psychological impact of loss and displacement. This new work includes multimedia, poetry, dance and New Orleans music.
4/1/2010 at 8:00pm