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A. Rey Pamatmat’s Thunder Above, Deeps Below @ the Yale Cabaret
Written by A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Sebastian Arboleda
“He, doing so, put forth to seas, Where when men been, there’s seldom ease; For now the wind begins to blow; Thunder above and deeps below…” Pericles, Prince of Tyre, William Shakespeare
As winter approaches, three homeless friends dream of saving enough money to leave Chicago for a safer, brighter future in San Francisco. Using magical realism as an instrument for social critique, Filipino American playwright A. Rey Pamatmat carves out a poetic and nurturing space for the trio to negotiate the intricate politics of identity. They are disenfranchised, queer, trans, or immigrants, but they are also quintessentially American in their yearning to determine the shapes of their own lives, and to find home, family, happiness, and love.
Thunder Above, Deeps Below resists mainstream narratives of urban poverty, racism, gender-identity, and sexual identity, articulating instead a nuanced and compassionate portrait of these intersections. If queer politics protest against the networks of power that keep people from imagining and claiming fluid, multiple, non-normative identities, then Thunder Above, Deeps Below is a queer play, one that advocates for the erasure of artificial boundaries that have for too long erased real experiences.
This production contains gunshots and strong language.
Thursday 3 November, 8:00pm and 11:00pm
Friday 4 November, 8:00pm and 11:00pm
Saturday 5 November, 8:00pm and 11:00pm