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Undermain Theatre Presents Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury

 

What can you see through a camera lens that you can’t with the naked eye?  Is what you are seeing “real” or is it just a flash of the subject? 

In Jackie Sibblies Drury’s latest play, Really, three people’s lives intertwine through the art of photography as they search for the truth of their common history in this tense and telling play about artists, legacy, and the fleeting nature of time.

Really asks what do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left.

When asked what drew her to the metaphor of photography, Drury says, “I think that initial attraction was to photography, rather than the relationship between the women in the play.  I’d read Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, a really beautiful book that he wrote as his mother passed away. He describes that being able to see the face of a loved one after they were gone was a relatively new phenomenon; because of photography we can look at images of the faces of people we have lost, and see images of people from before we even knew them. I was fascinated by that, and it got me thinking about photography and loss, and that was the germination of the play.”

Drury says, “I feel like Really is a funny word that we use in so many ways; it’s meaning depends on what’s around it.  It’s like salt.  It can be used to describe reality, or the literal world around us, but more often it’s used to indicate emphasis, or incredulity, or veracity, or authenticity, or excitement, or disappointment, or or or …  I wanted to have the world of the play, the relationships between the characters, their ways of thinking about the past and thinking about each other — all of it to be as slippery and variable as the word really can be.” 

Really asks what do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left.

Really runs from April 12th to May 6th at Undermain Theatre.

3200 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
214-747-5515

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