When's the last time you went to a play? Tonight's the night for you to get a better answer to that question, at Magic Theatre's world premiere of Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes
McLean, who the Magic describes as "one of Scotland’s leading contemporary playwrights," blew Magic Producing Artistic Director Loretta Greco "out of the water" with her newest play's "raw, visceral energy," she says.
“The play itself began with a woman recounting how she came home one day to find her husband had some terrible news," McLean says.
"I had no idea that I was about to write a play with political implications but I didn’t shy away from it when I realized where it was going. Having read events like Bradley Manning and Brian Keenan’s experiences in solitary confinement and the mental fragmentations and delusions they suffered and Joe Simpson and his miraculous survival in the Andes and how his isolation caused his inability to discern the real from the unreal, I became even more interested in how fear, anxiety and insomnia can contribute to altered states.”
The result, Every Five Minutes, has been described as a celebration of "the miraculous power of the human spirit," which could probably use some celebrating these days.
Previews for Every Five Minutes, which is recommended for adult audiences only, begin tonight. The show runs until April 20.
What: Every Five Minutes
When: March 26 - April 20. Tonight's show begins at 8 PM, check calendar for other dates and times
Where: Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor
Cost: $20-$60 ($5 off for seniors and educators, student tickets are $20), buy online here