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Fiona Shaw stars in this production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's tale of penance paid

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Next Wave Festival 2013: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY) Map it $25

“Water, water everywhere.” Fiona Shaw delivers a masterful performance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s eerie tale of penance paid on the high seas. Like an actor possessed, the fiery Shaw inhabits the very marrow of this epic 18th-century poem, bounding across the stage while transforming Coleridge’s luminous language into an exhilarating lived experience.

In the icy Antarctic, a ship is lost at sea. And when a mariner shoots a bird thought to be the crew’s salvation, his macabre, guilt-inducing fate—the veritable “albatross around the neck”—is decided. Accompanied by dancer Daniel Hay Gordon, who offers interpretive counterpoint throughout, Shaw skirts a whirlpool, braves a crew of corpses, and rolls Death’s dice with poetic abandon, taking us to hell and back.

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Mindy Bond, Editor

Next Wave Festival 2013: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY) Map it $25
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