Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)

Performances:

July 20-August 25, 2018
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Athenaeum Theatre Studio 1
2936 N. Southport

By Jami Brandli

A Joint World Premiere with Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles and in Association with Moxie Theatre in San Diego

It’s 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they’re seemingly blissful to follow the “rules” of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that’s just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted. Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this “gift” of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible: yet all she must do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don’t have to live a doomed existence? Can all four women escape their ongoing fate?

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Erica Vannon

Director Erica Vannon says of BLISS, “I find the clever entanglement of the stories of Clytemnestra, Medea, Antigone, and Cassandra set in a not too distant past where etiquette, secrets, and social norms rule the women’s lives rival the high stakes of the original stories. In fact, I see the storytelling simultaneously parallel the past, the past-past, and the very present through a 1960’s New Jersey setting to ancient Greece and into the inequality and intolerance that grips us here in 2017. The story’s emphasis on a woman’s choice to change the narrative and the undercurrents of objectification, violence, racism, sexism, as well as the “ancient rage” of women is relevant today, now, and always.”