Bridge Repertory Theater kicks off its third season with Salome, Oscar Wilde’s fast-paced one-act, inspired by the iconic Bible story, featuring dancer Shura Baryshnikov in the titular role.
Oscar Wilde’s rich, heightened text enlivens a most dangerous bargain: Herod begs Salomé, “Dance for me,” and in exchange promises anything she desires. Salomé complies with the mysterious and erotic dance of the seven veils. To Herod’s horror, she then demands the severed head of John the Baptist on a silver platter – an act of retaliation born of unrequited love-at-first-sight. Will Herod honor his word?
Director Olivia D’Ambrosio will stage Salomé at First Church in Boston’s Back Bay, where audiences will be engulfed in an immersive, banquet-style environment. D’Ambrosio radicalizes the legend and Oscar Wilde’s play by setting this specific production in the year 1970. D’Ambrosio says of Salomé: “We are opening our third season with a play that defies categorization. It is sexy, terrifying, hilarious, and, above all, epic.”
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