Baltimore City Paper's Top Ten Stage Productions 2016.
Assembled and co-directed by Lola B. Pierson, Stranger Kindness is a misinterpretation of the American classic A Streetcar Named Desire. Using the intentions and emotions of the original script, the piece alternates between a play and a video being live filmed for the audience. Incorporating language from canonical American plays, modernist existentialist writers, and Marxist feminism Stranger Kindness is much more interestingthan it sounds like it will be. The production considers the mythology created by the classical American theatre and how that mythology is impacted by plays being made into films. Using live video and inspired by the film version of Streetcar the piece explores how much we rely (or don’t rely) on language to convey meaning.