Scissoring takes place in present-day New Orleans, and even though several ghostly spirits make appearances in Christina Quintana’s thoughtful new one-act, it is modern Catholicism and not voodoo that haunts the play’s protagonist, Abigail Bauer. Free of any Southern stereotypes, the work has a sensibility that is not only post-Katrina, it is decidedly post-Blanche. Abigail might be suffering from delusions, but she has no need for brutish men nor the kindness of strangers. Instead, she is empowered by the women she knows and made strong by the tough kindness of her lover and her colleague, before gaining the wherewithal to be kind to herself.
Puerto Rico’s Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre Company and INTAR Theatre will present The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea as part of INTAR Theatre’s NewWorks Lab. Performances will be Feb. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. at INTAR Theatre (500 West 52nd St. at 10th Avenue. The experimental piece, by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, draws on varied sources, including the legend of the golem, the first act of Anton Chekhov´s The Seagull and the writings of the Marquis de Sade. (The production contains explicit adult content and nudity.) For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.intartheatre.org or call 212-352-3101.
More than heated chess competitions occupies the center of Cándido Tirado’s New York premiere of Fish Men at INTAR, as five men who gather around the chess tables in Washington Square Park maneuver for higher stakes than mere checkmates in a game.