Alice, or the Scottish Gravediggers

directed by Jessica Brater

 

Alice Butler, a young orphan working as a serving girl in her aunt’s inn, is torn. Two of the inn's lodgers - the wealthy Sir Jack Spleen and the poor but dashing medical student Edward Belton - are vying for her attention. As their competition takes a dark turn, it is soon not simply Alice's future that is at stake, but her very life. Arriving in time for the Halloween season, this sinister French melodrama from 1829 is René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt’s take on one of the most gruesome and notorious scandals of his day - the Burke & Hare murders, in which the victims’ corpses were sold for use in medical dissections. Presenting the play for the first time in English anywhere, Polybe + Seats further explores its backdrop – a moment in medical history when doctors and anatomists routinely paid top dollar for the freshest corpses available. Moving between London and the Scottish Highlands, this alternately bizarre, hilarious, and heartbreaking story explores the meaning of “sacrifice" by asking, “What are you willing to give to get what you want?”

Performances: 

 10/20/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/21/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/22/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/23/2011 at 3:00pm
 10/27/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/28/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/29/2011 at 8:00pm
 10/30/2011 at 3:00pm
 11/3/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/4/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/5/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/6/2011 at 3:00pm
 11/10/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/11/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/12/2011 at 8:00pm
 11/13/2011 at 3:00pm

Theatre/Venue The Old Stone House 

JJ Byrne Park 5th Ave btwn 3rd and 4th Sts  Brooklyn

Phone Number for Reservations (212) 868-4444  
Website for reservations http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ALI15  
Running time 2hr. 0min. 

 

Producing Organization: Polybe + Seats  
Website http:/www.polybeandseats.org  
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