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Mechanics of Love

MECHANICS OF LOVE by Dipika Guha, directed by David Hsieh

What do a ballerina with an artificial spine, a highly organized and fashionable wife, a mechanic who wants it all, and a man who forgets everything, all have in common? Love! Set in a mythical European city, this modern-day fairytale is a wonderfully wacky metaphor for love in all its magical, mystical glory. This romantic comedy deconstruction of the four-letter, one syllable word, offers audiences a kaleidoscopic journey alongside four quirky characters, as they try to figure out what love really means. But sometimes the only way to understand something is to forget what you know and follow what you feel.

Produced in Association with Theatre Off Jackson
409 7th Ave South in Seattle’s International District
October 19 – November 5, 2016                                                                                                                      Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, plus Sundays at 4:00pm                                                     (PLEASE  NOTE: On Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be an added 2:00pm show but none at 7:30pm)

Running Time: 85 minutes with no intermission.


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Featuring: Mona Leach, Kathy Hsieh, Manny Golez (October shows) or Laurence Hughes (November shows), Josh Kenji, Lauren Wilder and Van Lang Pham.

Here’s a one-minute video sneak peek!

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Special thanks to 4Culture and ArtsWA for their support.

Choreographer: Audrey R. Fan
Stage Manager: Marilyn Gonzalez
Scenic Designer: Brandon Estrella
Composer/Musician: Lauren Wilder
Musician: Van Lang Pham
Props Designer: Celeste Mari Williams
Costume Designer: Miko Premo
Lighting Designer: Emily Leong
ASM/Graphic Designer: Mario Gomez
Production Support: Melvin Inouye, Zheng Wang, Roger Tang & Rick Wong

 

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK:

“It’s a beautiful production from beginning to end, artfully done, smart, funny, and incredibly moving. Bravo to you and the whole company!”

“congratulations . . . for your beautiful work!”

“What a jewel of a show!”

I just saw the most delightfully quirky fable. Set in a fairy-tale city where nothing is tangible, anything is possible, and love is as elusive as a vomiting black cat.”

“Sweet combination of an awesome play and wonderful production… Loved the simple stagecraft, powerful acting, apt live music.”
“I loved the show!”
“Loved The Mechanics of Love and your treatment of it. . . . its minimalism/ simplicity/complexity/playfulness/gravitas and, most of all, its mystery. . . . Maybe the experience was the meaning–that, as with many Albee plays, human relationships are so many things: tragic-comic, incomprehensible, ever-changing, and theatrical.”
“It was a funny and interesting and quirky little show, almost absurdist in away, but it reminds us of how love can quickly change us and what we know of the world.”

 

PRESS COVERAGE:

Quirky Charmers – Seattle Gay Scene
Dipika Guha’s Mechanics of Love Explains the Unexplainable – International Examiner

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship with The Lark Playwrights Development Center, A Room of Her Own and Hedgebrook. Her plays include I ENTER the VALLEY (Upcoming; Theatreworks New Play Festival, Finalist for the Ruby Prize ’15); THE ART of GAMAN (Upcoming: Berkeley Rep Ground Floor), MECHANICS of LOVE (Crowded Fire Theatre, To-By-For Productions) and THE RULES (San Francisco Playhouse). She is currently under commission from South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

 

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