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Fen

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Feb 10, 2023 — Mar 05, 2023

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“Caryl Churchill is the greatest living British playwright… No other politically engaged writer has proven themselves such a master of varied form.” –Chicago Tribune

On the marshy fens of eastern England in the 1980s, ghosts of the past haunt the women who labor as tenant farmers in the potato fields and who lead lives essentially unchanged from their 19th-century forebears. When Val seizes on a new relationship as a path to escape the crushing bonds of work, poverty, and family, she is confronted with the explosive repercussions of her decision. Employing astonishing theatrical imagery, Churchill’s Fen shows with grace and sly humor how the intricate pressures of gender and class both shape and distort the characters of women.

Jeff Award-winning director Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51) returns to Court Theatre to bring her striking clarity and fresh perspective to the path-breaking text that won Churchill the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and cemented her reputation as one of our greatest living playwrights.

Accessible performances:

  • March 4, 2023 at 2:00pm/Touch Tour at 12:30pm (Touch Tour/Audio Description)
  • March 5, 2023 at 2:00pm (Open Captioning)
  • March 5, 2023 at 7:30pm (ASL Interpretation)

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Photo of Genevieve VenJohnson, Elizabeth Laidlaw, and Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel by Joe Mazza.

Articles and Interviews

“A Dark Beauty”

Director Vanessa Stalling illuminates the force of Caryl Churchill's FEN and how the competing worlds, desires, and constraints create an enriching theatrical experience.

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