PowPAC questions memory with ‘A Body of Water’

By Emily Sorensen

What if you woke up every day with no memory of who you were, or who the person with you was?

Stephanie Michelle Hester, as Wren (back row) alternately torments and informs Heather Rager, left, as Avis, and Michael Madden, right, as Moss in “A Body of Water.” Photo by Tony Eisenhower

PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre tackles this question with its new show, “A Body of Water,” opening Friday, Sept. 20 and running through Sunday, Oct. 20 at 13250 Poway Road.

The show, written by Lee Blessing, features a man and a woman who wake up every day, in a beautiful room surrounded on all sides by a body of water, with no memory of who they are, where they are or who the other person is. To complicate things, every day a young woman comes in and tells them something different each day. And every day, the couple wakes up again as blank slates.

“There’s some comic moments, and some very funny lines, but [the show] is very much a drama,” said director Mary L. Smith, who is also the artistic director for PowPAC.

Smith said she first learned about the show during a production of it by the Globe. When it came time to pick the shows for this year, Smith said she decided to direct “A Body of Water” herself due to enjoying the show when she saw it. “I was totally, totally intrigued by it [when I saw it at the Globe],” said Smith.

Part of the challenge in directing (and acting in) “A Body of Water” is due to the uncertainty of the situation. “As director and actors, we don’t get to decide what is going on,” said Smith. “[The actors] have to play [the situation] every day as new to the audience and themselves.”

The audience themselves will be left to decide what exactly is happening in “A Body of Water” — is the couple sick, insane, or even dead? “The audience has to make their own conclusions, and I can guarantee not everyone will be happy with the conclusions they come to,” said Smith.

Smith described the small, three-person cast as “absolutely fantastic.” Two of the actors, Michael Madden as Moss, and Stephanie Michelle Hester as Wren, are new to PowPAC, and the third, Heather Rager as Avis, appeared in last year’s “Cowgirls” with PowPAC. “It’s a really great cast,” said Smith. “I’m so proud of them.”

The play all takes place in a single room, so the set will be unchanging, except for a special lighting system behind the large windows in the back of the set, which will move and change to represent the body of water that surrounds the room. “It’s a very interesting thing that theaters do,” said Smith of the lighting system PowPAC will be using.

While Smith said that the content of the show is family-friendly, children probably won’t understand the context of the show.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays  and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for students, seniors and active duty military. There is a $2 surcharge for opening night, which includes a post-performance reception with the cast. The performance on Saturday, Oct. 12, will feature a rare opportunity for a talk-back with the cast following the show.

For tickets, call 858-679-8085 or email boxoffice@powpac.org.

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