The Owl Answers

Presented by the Theater, Dance & Media Department

Written by Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by David R. Gammons
Produced by Dana Knox

PERFORMANCES & TICKETING

Farkas Hall

Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15 at 2pm
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm

Run time: 1 hour, no intermission.

Visit the Harvard Box Office online or in person at 10 Holyoke Street to purchase your tickets.

ABOUT THE SHOW

“I who am the ancestor of Shakespeare, Chaucer and William the Conqueror, I went to London… I was the only Negro there.” Clara Passmore, the illegitimate daughter of a white man and a black woman in the American South, struggles to define herself even as she is denied and ostracized by the European culture she idolizes. Unable to claim her father’s heritage and unwilling to accept her mother’s, Clara is caught between time and place; history and myth. Characters and locations morph and overlap kaleidoscopically in this surreal and haunting drama. Kennedy’s experimental masterpiece about race and identity feels as raw and relevant today as when it premiered in 1965.

CAST

SHE who is CLARA PASSMORE who is the VIRGIN MARY who is the BASTARD who is the OWL … Enosa Ogbiede
BASTARD’S BLACK MOTHER who is the REVEREND’S WIFE who is ANNE BOLEYN … Me’Lisa Sellers
GODDAM FATHER who is the RICHEST WHITE MAN IN THE TOWN who is the DEAD WHITE FATHER who is REVEREND PASSMORE … Sharmarke Yusef
THE WHITE BIRD who is REVEREND PASSMORE’S CANARY who is GOD’S DOVE … Marvin Merritt & Princess Jackson
THE NEGRO MAN … Elijah De’Vaughn
SHAKESPEARE … Colin McGinn
CHAUCER … Caleb Spiegel Ostrom
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR … Jacob Roberts

STAFF

Director … David R. Gammons
Assistant Director … Aislinn Brophy
Scenic Designer … Janie E. Howland
Costume Designer … Rachel Padula Shufelt
Assistant Costume Designer … Ali Astin
Lighting Designer … Jeff Adelberg
Sound Designer … David Wilson
Assistant Sound Designer … Abigail Ory
Props Master … Emily Hartig
Props Assistant … Ben Ubiñas
Stage Manager … Lauren Burke
Assistant Stage Manager … Abbie Sage
Dramaturge … Rebecca Curran
Assistant Dramaturge … Landy Erlick
Movement Consultant … Jill Johnson
Choreographic Assistant … Margaret Canaday
Paint Charge … Holly Diaz
Build Crew … Becca Jewett
Run Crew … Jennie Kunes
Sound Technician … Ari Kaufman
Theatre, Dance, & Media Chair … Sylvaine Guyot
Director of Undergraduate Studies … Deborah Foster
Department Administrator … Emily Warshaw
Technical & Production Supervisor … Andrew Gitchell
Assistant Producer … Inaara Shiraz
Producer … Dana Knox