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Professional staged reading of new Noah-based parable set for Dec. 21

December 14, 2017

Indiana State University Professor Arthur Feinsod's original play "Between the Dams" will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Terre Haute Brewing Company.

The play is set in central Europe, where Noah survived a flood decades ago and has become the sole inhabitant of a town perched between two dams. Deciding to create his own new world, he invites 10 of society's outsiders to live there, two by two: two Muslims, Jews, gypsies, gay people and politically disenfranchised Christians.

Noah and his son Shem struggle to maintain a utopia built on respect, participation in each other's traditions, and faith in humanity and God, against internal and external threats from potential floods and a surprise visit from two Californians with designs of their own.

The play evolved from interviews of Hungarian "outsiders" (Muslims, Roma, Jews, gay men and women and disenfranchised Christians) conducted by Feinsod during his sabbatical in Budapest, Hungary, in spring 2016.

The production is directed by Dale McFadden, professor and chair of the acting and directing program at Indiana University, and is presented by Theater 7 and the Hungarian Society of Terre Haute.

An early draft of "Between the Dams" was presented as a staged reading (starring Andras Marton, well-known Hungarian actor and political figure) in Budapest in April 2016 and was live-streamed to Terre Haute as a simultaneous broadcast.

A professional staged reading was held at Thanksgiving in Budapest in a recently completed Hungarian translation by award-winning translator and PanoDrama artistic director Anna Lengyel, who also directed the Budapest reading. Lengyel did so with a cast led by star actor Andor Lukáts in the lead role of Noah. Lukáts has been described as "one of the best Hungarian actors of his generation."

Feinsod attended rehearsals and the final performance in Budapest. From that experience, he produced the new draft of "Between the Dams" being presented locally.

With degrees from Harvard, University of California-Berkeley and New York University, Feinsod has a lengthy career as a playwright, director, dramaturg, theater scholar as well as teacher of theater.

Feinsod taught playwriting and advanced playwriting to undergraduate and graduate students at Hartford's Trinity College between 1985 and 2001 and at Indiana State from 2001 to the present. He has been on faculty at Indiana State since 2001 and is head of the playwriting program.

Feinsod's most recent full-length plays include "Coming to See Aunt Sophie" (performed in Germany, Poland, Australia, Chicago, Bloomington and Terre Haute and translated into Polish and Hungarian), "Sword Against the Sea" (performed in Ireland and Terre Haute and now published by Samuel French), and "Table 17" (performed in New York City as well as Terre Haute).

Theater 7 was co-founded by Feinsod in July 2016 on seven principles, which include diversity, service, new work and the presentation of challenging plays that uplift and support positive human values.

Terre Haute Brewing Company is located on Ninth Street near Poplar. Tickets are $7 general admission and $4 for students with student ID.


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