Staged Reading: The Mammaries of Tiresias
by Apollinaire, translated by Maya Slater
Directed by Meryn MacDougall
One night only, Sunday, January 12th, 2020, 5 p.m.
Free with admission to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archie (BAMPFA)
Join Actors Ensemble of Berkeley in a special performance at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), in conjunction with their exhibition Strange, in a performance of this rarely performed French surrealist play by Guillaume Appollinaire. In his correspondence in preparation for its debut performance, Appollinaire concocted the word "Surreal" to describe it, a word which was subsequently appropriated by Andre Breton to describe the entire movement. The Mammaries of Tiresias turns sexual identity, gender norms, and the need for 1900's French society to repopulate after WWI on its head. Watch the dream world collide with the waking as these absurd words come to life!
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Meryn MacDougall is a Bay Area actress, fight choreographer, and director that works in theatre, film, and voice over. She is excited to partner with BAMPFA to bring this surrealist art alive.