"Ambitious...engaging, well-plotted stagecraft."

Broad Street Review

Big Dance Theater
17c(West Coast Premiere)
Conceived and directed by Annie-B Parson
Co-directed by Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson and the company

For more than two decades, the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater has been making uncategorizable, galvanizing work that gleefully undermines genre boundaries. The company's latest effort is a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the outlandish 17th-century politician whose obsessive, tell-all diaries are a startling precursor to our own social media culture. The ensemble weaves music, dance, video, and text in an exploration—part celebration, part inquisition—of the moral murkiness of Pepys' legacy as statesman and notorious philanderer, juxtaposing his own writings with the radical feminism of his contemporary, the playwright Margaret Cavendish, and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com.

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes without intermission

This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Women's Work. Learn more and watch videos >



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Artist Talk
Sat, Dec 15, 2018, 5pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
A conversation with director Annie-B Parson focusing on the artistic choices involved in creating 17c. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Women's Work event. Free and open to the public. Join the Facebook Event!

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]