Ramos-Violante involved in two top picks of the festival

2013-09-12 00:00

TWO of my picks of this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival are Doubt and Phobic, both of which have connections to award-winning writer, actor and director Janna Ramos-Violante (Mein Soldat, Callum’s Will, Venus in Fur, Don’t Dress for Dinner).

Doubt, which is being presented by Thinkskin, in association with the festival, can be seen in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at 12.45 pm on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday.

John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt A Parable, is a provocative and gripping story of suspicion and suspense.

Set in 1964, the play could not be more contemporary in its examination of a priest suspected of misconduct.

When Sister Aloysius, a rigid Bronx school principal, accuses a progressive and engaging priest, Father Flynn, of having improper relations with a young male student, she inadvertently raises questions that force her to confront the foundation of her own moral certainty.

Dynamic yet subtle, manipulative yet full of empathy, Doubt is a beautifully balanced drama that draws its power from its ambiguity.

The play stars Fiona Ramsay, James Alexander, Faniswa Yisa and Ramos-Violante, with direction by award-winning actor, director and theatre maker, James Cuningham, set design by Vaughn Sadie, and lighting design by Tina Le Roux. Tickets are R155.

Thinkskin is also presenting Phobic, in the Spar Drama Centre at 8.15 pm tomorrow and 4.15 pm on Saturday.

The play is Ramos-Violante’s newest work and stars Glen Biederman and Jenna Dunster (Abnormal Loads).

When Annie, a quirky Irish actress, knocks on Greg, a young agoraphobic writer’s, door, what appears to be the start of a romance turns into a dangerous and provocative story of a damaged man whose fear of leaving the front door pushes all sorts of boundries.

Ramos-Violante is a playwright of fine ability and her plays Mein Soldat and Callum’s Will have garnered critical praise, nominations and awards. Phobic promises to follow suit.

Tickets are R90.

To book for these shows, go to www.hilton

festival.co.za

• arts@witness.co.za

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