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20 November – 20 December

Chimera

Chimera

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Thu 20 Nov - 7.30pm
    Fri 21 Nov - 7.30pm
    Sat 22 Nov - 7.30pm
    Sat 29 Nov - 3.00pm
    Sat 6 Dec - 3.00pm
    Sat 13 Dec - 3.00pm
    Wed 17 Dec - 3.00pm
    Sat 20 Dec - 3.00pm

Press Night
  • Mon 24 Nov - 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 11 Dec - 7.30pm

Young people's night
  • Wed 3 Dec - 7.30pm

What would you do if you discovered you were your own twin?  If you learned that your DNA did not quite belong to you?

Welcome to Jennifer Samuels’ world. When she learns that she has inherited a rare medical condition her whole sense of self – biological, psychological, emotional, begins to unravel.   Join Jennifer as she tumbles down the rabbit hole in a story that combines pin point wit with breathtaking visuals.

Taking its inspiration from real science, Chimera is a frightening, funny, and fascinating ride, coming to the Gate following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival in New York. 

The running time of Chimera is 60 minutes without an interval.

Part of the Who Does She Think She Is? season:
Buy a season pass and see all three shows (The Edge of Our Bodies, Chimera and The Chronicles of Kalki) for £33 with code SHE33.

To download a copy of the Chimera cast list, please click here.


Photo credit Helen Murray 

Book Tickets

Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3.00pm

“Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's cerebral freakout is plenty compelling... their inventive characterizations and a beguiling physical production deliver on its ambitious promise.”
The New York Times Criticʼs Pick

****
Equally impressive are the show’s mesmerising visual effects which complement the play’s theme of skewed identity, most memorably when Holum dances behind a pane of glass in a duet with a video projection of herself.
Evening Standard

****  
"Mischievous, teasing and decidedly unnerving, it glitters with perspicacity and invention. And its brain-twisting premise is fascinating
Dazzling"

The Times

…this smart, slippery show, which gives kitchen-sink drama a new twist as Jennifer slips down the waste disposal unit and reappears as Brian in the fridge.
…a fascinating piece - 
The Guardian 


"This organic inseparability sometimes has marvelous effects: Suli Holum asked Deborah Stein to write her this solo piece, so its demands (rapidly shifting personae, immense physical control) slot perfectly into Holum's strengths" - Time Out 

 

Suli Holum +

Co-Creator, Performer, Co-Director

Deborah Stein +

Co-Creator, Writer, Co-Director

Suli is a performer, playwright, director, and choreographer. She was a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she established herself as a collaborative playmaker. Her first original solo show, The Lollipop Project, was developed through an Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship and a Shell Fellowship in Drama from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Playwriting commissions include 1 Beach Road, created with Redcape Theatre, and Fighting For Democracy at The National Constitution Center. She wrote and codirected Wandering Alice with Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and adapted Oedipus at Colonus for Emmanuelle Delpechʼs skate park sitespecific Oedipus at FDR. Acting credits include Off-Broadway: Hot ʻnʼ Throbbing, Courting Vampires, Live Girls, LEBENSRAUM (Drama Desk Award); and US regional: Arena Stage: Born Yesterday (Helen Hayes Nomination); Humana Festival: At The Vanishing Point, Phoenix; and work with The Talking Band and The Theatre of a Two Headed Calf. 
Deborah Stein is a playwright, director, and producer. Her work has been produced and developed nationally at Actorsʼ Theatre of Louisville, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Stages Rep, the Womenʼs Project, the Wilma Theatre, Live Girls!, Bay Area Playwrightsʼ Festival, and Theatre Artaud; in New York at the Public Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Ars Nova; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (The Traverse) and Prague. Stein has collaborated on original ensemble works and site-specific installations with artists including Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, Lear deBessonet, and most frequently the Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she has collaborated since 2000 on six original works and was nominated for three Barrymore Awards. Most recently, she produced three seasons of world premieres with the Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis, and Chimera in Minneapolis and New York with collaborator Suli Holum. She has been a resident artist at Hedgebrook, Swarthmore College, Princeton University, and the Tofte Lake Center for the Arts. Stein is the recipient of the 2009-2011 Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships, a 2010-2011 McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrightsʼ Center in Minneapolis. She is a resident of New Dramatists.

20 November – 20 December

Chimera

Chimera

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher performances
  • Thu 20 Nov - 7.30pm
    Fri 21 Nov - 7.30pm
    Sat 22 Nov - 7.30pm
    Sat 29 Nov - 3.00pm
    Sat 6 Dec - 3.00pm
    Sat 13 Dec - 3.00pm
    Wed 17 Dec - 3.00pm
    Sat 20 Dec - 3.00pm

Press Night
  • Mon 24 Nov - 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 11 Dec - 7.30pm

Young people's night
  • Wed 3 Dec - 7.30pm