Imago Theatre presents Jerry Mouawad’s new play, Special K, mashing up playwright Luigi Pirandello’s reality puzzles with vaudeville, tragedy and time-hopping romps through the Black Plague of the Middle Ages and back to the dark year of 2020.
In a remote locale, a group of supporting actors await the entrance of HER, the Queen; some are veterans, some are new to the mix. All are uncertain what they will be called to do when she enters.
There is no script, a few vague instructions, peculiar names and props, and a mystery as to what is occurring in the present as ancient and modern myths commingle, gender roles and sexual identities are explored and time becomes muddled.
Inspired by Pirandello’s Henry IV, writer and director Mouawad presents the inner and outer dimensions of convention, mental health issues, and the nature of reality. The play is rated R for mature audiences.
Presented February 14-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th. Tickets are $10-$20 pay-what-you-will available at the door, at 503.231.9581 and online at bit.ly/2RRJjbb. See imagotheatre.com.