Occasionally you read a play and know that you just have to share it with other people. Either the subject matter is especially relevant, or the writing is beautifully lyrical or the playwright is an important new voice, but some aspect of the script lifts off the page and you know that this is a play that has to be seen. So far, in the short history of Common Wealth, we’ve presented a rehearsed reading of a deeply relevant play for North Carolina; the US premier of a work by an emerging Canadian writer; and now we’re about to present a work that combines all three aspects: MANY MOONS by Alice Birch.
The play has, so far, only been presented in London, back in 2011. If it wasn’t for the staff of the National Theatre bookstore I wouldn’t have known about it, but they pressed it into my hands and recommended that I read it as soon as possible. Thus started the process of obtaining rights, finding a cast and crew, securing a venue and ensuring that we do this impressive script justice.
I really hope we find an audience for the play. This will be the US premiere and the cast and crew are finding it an affecting piece. The writing is beautiful, the subject matter is hard hitting, and the cast are delivering performances of great nuance and sensitivity. All in all this is proving a dream project for me and with the first night only 10 days away the Triangle has the opportunity to be the first US community to experience Alice Birch’s debut full-length play. I hope that the word gets out and that others outside our area will get to see this work but for now, please click the link in the menu above or click here to buy your tickets now for the US premiere at Common Ground Theatre in Durham NC.