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Redirecting Ophelia 

Wednesday, Aug 10 2011
A girl in a long dress floats motionless in a forest pool, flowers drifting on the surface of the water around her. Her eyes are glassy in death, and she radiates tragic beauty: John Everett Millais' Ophelia is one of the most famous representations of Shakespeare's unfortunate fictional maiden. Her image has remained a powerful representation of the dangers of suicide among teenage girls, to the point where in 1995 Mary Pipher named her revelatory book on the subject Reviving Ophelia. Collage Theater takes the book as a starting point and combines it with the adolescent experiences of its performers for the collaborative stage show A Mix Tape for Ophelia. Shakespeare's text is juxtaposed against contemporary dance and music from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Joni Mitchell, and others, and the performance illuminates the minefield of strange messages girls must navigate to arrive at adulthood. Presented in partnership with the telephone crisis center San Francisco Suicide Prevention, A Mix Tape for Ophelia offers perspectives, hope, and strong performances from women who have made it through.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 19. Continues through Aug. 20, 2011

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