Theatre Gigante is extremely excited to bring TERMINUS, Mark O’Rowe’s international sensation and tour de force of poetry and drama, to the Milwaukee stage.
TERMINUS is an audacious Irish drama of interlocking monologues that illuminate the quietest fears and most intimate desires of its three characters: a lonely woman looking for love; her mother, seeking atonement; and a serial killer who has sold his soul to the Devil. Playwright Mark O’Rowe’s dizzying language is dark, unrelenting and gorgeously wrought: a dense, musical brand of colloquial poetry that sounds like a mix between Jay-Z and Tom Wolfe on a gonzo riff. It is Spoken Word Poetry from contemporary Ireland, written entirely in verse.
Not for the faint of heart!
The language is brilliant, a vertiginous concatenation of assonance and rhyme, whose rhythm remains limber enough to let the play – and its audience – breathe…Terminus is a luridly compelling waking nightmare of Dublin as an eighth circle of hell.
It’s uncomfortable and exhilarating, pared-down but full to bursting of linguistic, emotional, and imaginative riches… It’s not just a welcome reminder of what theater can do; it feels like what theater is for.
Gritty details, grotesque flourishes and internal rhymes pour from Mark O’Rowe’s characters with a velocity to match the ferocity of his narrative in TERMINUS.
San Francisco Gate
by Mark O’Rowe
directed by Mark Anderson
with Isabelle Kralj, Megan Kaminsky, Tom Reed
Scenic Design by Rick Graham, Lighting Design by Alan Piotrowicz
Fridays and Saturdays,
May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Kenilworth Square Studio 508
1925 E Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee’s East Side