A Journey into Terra Incognita

By Sky Yeager

The man stands before us oddly tilted as the lights go up. The stage, unlike any seen before in San Miguel, is a reflection of the journey of this off-kilter man. It was created by using compound angles, tilted 20 degrees in one direction and rotated 9 degrees in another, built by master craftsman Chuck Rubin. We settle in as his words allay us while examining the concepts of Home and the Un-homed.

Theater
Title and Deed
Wed and Thu, Nov 2 and 3, 7pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
20 pesos

Following critically acclaimed runs in London and on Broadway, Will Eno’s play about longing and belonging comes to San Miguel de Allende. A solo show starring Mick Diener, Title and Deed is a beautiful portrayal of one man’s search for meaning and a place to call home.

The man turns to continue his journey uphill, finally coming to rest to contemplate us. He can’t quite right himself no matter how or where he stands. “I’m not from here,” he says. And I think we all already know that. He embodies some essence of Otherness yet is oddly comforting in his manner.

His clothes appear to be homespun, as does his choice of words. He comes from a place where the custom is to celebrate Reverse Marriages and Terrible Saturdays, and he admits to being quite puckish to see the clump of us all there to make him feel at … home, shall we say?

With his first words, this out of place sojourner reveals himself to be an invention of the surreal mind of Will Eno, the playwright whose play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was so brilliantly achieved by Michael Gottlieb last year.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this “lyrical, deeply funny, and profoundly sad” work (Variety) from one of the most exciting new voices in theatre.

Lights and sound by YaYa Silva Mendez. Directed by Sky Yeager.

Running Time: 70 minutes without interval

Attendance Note: Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45 each evening on a first-come, first-served basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7:00 or their seat may be resold. The play will begin at 7:30 or when the house is filled. Please consider attending early shows, especially opening night, or arriving by 6:30 to ensure seating on closing night.

Please remember to bring your clean plastic bags, and put them in the box on the left of the door as you enter St. Paul’s Parish Hall, the evening you come to see this show. These bags are used to stuff ticking for mattresses that St. Paul’s “Mattress Project” donates to the poor of our community.

Reviews

“Leaves you happily word-drunk! Gorgeously and inventively wrought. Haunting and often fiercely funny.” —The New York Times

“Daring, spectacular and hilarious! Stage poetry of a high order!” —The New Yorker

 

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