Over-the-Rhine's Know Theatre is opening its 23rd season with a new approach. Its first show, FEAST., will be a "bespoke online production," running from Aug. 7 through Sept. 20.
OK. So what's that mean?
Playwright, actor and comedian Megan Gogerty — you may remember her from her popular Fringe production, Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan — has reworked her script for FEAST. Now, guests are invited to "virtually break bread" with Grendel's monstrous mother from the epic tale Beowulf.
Know's description calls the show an "uncompromisingly brash reflection on devotion, grief and the communal responsibility to stoke the fires of revolution. It’s a bold mash-up of a classical story with bracing modernity, painting a world where mythology comes crashing into pop culture."
Know's Artistic Director Tamara Winters is directing the show and she says it's not "Zoom" theater, although no disrespect to that.
"This is a story you'll experience from the screen of your choice, but it's not shoehorned into the medium. Megan's script invites you in to a specially designed experience. You're being invited into a space designed for you, by a character who has had millennia to stew and plot and plan and rage before she opens herself up to you, in this moment. Because she needs something from you. Because she has an ancient wrong to correct," says Winters.
Jennifer Joplin will play the role of Agathae, who we can assume is Grendel's previously unnamed mom.
Shows are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. If you have some kind of technical glitch while watching, you can access performances for up to 24 hours.
If you want to capture some of the magic of the live theater, Know is offering a special "party favor" to be delivered by mail for an upcharge. During the evening, Agathae will direct audience members to open it as part of the show. Just let Know know what performance your ticket is for to accommodate for shipping (party favors must be purchased at least a week in advance).
Tickets for FEAST. are $20; $30 with the party favor. Pay $35 for a living wage ticket to support working artists (party favor included). $15 rush tickets are available one hour before each performance. Know also says it will be continuing its Welcome Wednesday shows with $5 advance tickets. Free tickets will be available starting at 7 p.m. Wednesdays (if there are any left).
For tickets and more info, visit knowtheatre.com.