Our first production was a fresh adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The production centered on the theme of structured orders; the Forest of Arden (and the theater itself) act as an escape into a childhood world, where people can play pretend in the fluid and often silly space born from an unspoken agreement to play along and take imaginary stakes seriously. By embracing the theatricality and artifice of the theater, we aimed to reveal greater truths and connect our audiences more presently with this work. RDU On Stage said "The Eno River Players, under the imaginative direction of Leo Egger, staged a delightful rendition of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, As You Like It."

Following As You Like It, we will produce a staged-reading of Pablo Picasso's obscure surrealist play, Desire Caught by the Tail. Written during the first winter of German occupation, the play careens across a wide spectrum of emotions with arch humor and an inscrutability that often leads nowhere. Characters with names like Bigfoot and Skinny Anguish speak in unstable and violent language marked by loose subconscious associations that remind one of strokes of paint or eyes melding into tears, as in Guernica. This strange rich sensory imagery requires a directorial style that lingers at the threshold between image and language.We hold a vision of the secret 1944 bedroom production of Desire Caught by the Tail before an audience of brave friends, including Camus (who directed), Sartre, and de Beauvoir.  As a conscious theater in a fluid and surreal time, we aim to give Picasso’s play the public hearing it never had during the war. The dates and location for this show will be announced shortly!

 

The Eno River Players is a non-profit theater organization in Durham, North Carolina dedicated to engaging our community through theater by nurturing and respecting artists from all backgrounds and giving them a voice through work that is challenging, yet accessible. The goal through our work is to reimagine classical theater in a way that feels deeply present and freed of its precious label. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration in our process and the strength of celebrating art together. Our work attempts to be provocative and help reshape our audiences expectations of classical theater, while actively stressing an intimate theater experience rather than a distant one. We champion accessibility in a literal sense; we have a no-one-excluded policy, born from an unstinting commitment that our theater, like all theater, should be for, unite, and enlighten all people. The Eno River Players are both artistically serious and open for all.  Ultimately, to truthfully understand our mission as an organization come see the work we do or even better be a part of it.

Profits from our productions are donated to local charities that support the Durham community.

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Emerson Beyer in King Lear