As the final production in its 2012-2013 season, Breaking String Theater will stage Three, or the Sound of the Great Existential Nothingness by Timothy Braun, directed by Graham Schmidt.
Three posits a small family adrift in a far-flung provincial town, scouring highly circumscribed existences for meaning, and the modest joys that make day-to-day living bearable. Having borrowed themes and fragments from Chekhov's 1901 masterpiece, Three Sisters, Mr. Braun reshaped the play, achieving a magically realistic world in which the ensemble will explore Chekhov's themes and concerns, colliding them with the images and sounds of contemporary life as we live it, asking again where we are going as individuals and as a race, where to find "our Moscow," and why we feel ever more lonely even among those we know the best.
With Three, for the first time Breaking String will draw on its strengths as a company rooted in meticulously dramaturged Chekhovian productions, this time using that knowledge to fuel a new-play development process, loosely based on that employed for the highly successful Austin riff on Hamlet, - The Assumption.
We have partnered with Timothy Braun - an accomplished and innovative playwright who brings a commitment to contemporary forms and fresh perspectives to Breaking String, best demonstrated in his work as Editor of New and Social Media for Fusebox Festival - as well as a stellar ensemble comprising artists who will be instantly recognizable to frequent patrons of Austin's vibrant new-work and experimental performance community: Cami Alys (The Rude Mechs' I've Never Been So Happy, Intergalactic Nemesis), Jeff Mills (The Assumption), Dawn Youngs (Dionysium, The Schooling of Bento Bonchev by Maksym Kurochkin), Chris Gibson (Intergalactic Nemesis) and Gricelda Silva (Trouble Puppet Theatre Co.; Glass Half Full Theatre Co.; Flying by Olga Mukhina). The creative team is rounded out by all-star designers, including perennial standout scenic-lighting pair Ia Enstera and Steven Shirey, Glenda Barnes (costumes) and Buzz Moran (sound).
Mr. Braun wrote Three at a playwriting residency during the summer of 2012; in December, the play received a reading at Hyde Park Theatre, and after a brief development process, the play will receive its world premiere at The Off Center this summer.
For more information about Mr. Braun, please visit his website: timothybraun.com