Showings: 7:00 p.m.: May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
2 p.m.: May 12, 19, 26
“Who Am I This Time?” is a play written by Aaron Posner, based on three short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. The play is a charming and heartwarming exploration of love, identity, and the transformative power of theater.
The story is set in a small, ordinary town and revolves around a local community theater group. The central character, Harry Nash, is a mild-mannered hardware store clerk who is incredibly shy and introverted in his everyday life. However, when he steps onto the stage to perform in community theater productions, he undergoes a remarkable transformation. Each time he takes on a new role, he becomes an entirely different person, shedding his own identity and fully embracing the character he portrays.
The play unfolds as Harry is cast in a series of plays, each time becoming someone new. The audience witnesses his extraordinary ability to inhabit these roles and bring them to life with passion and authenticity. One of the key elements of the play is the interaction between Harry and a local woman named Helene Shaw, who is equally reserved and introverted. As they perform together in various productions, they begin to develop a deep connection and fall in love, though their feelings are often channeled through their characters.
“Who Am I This Time?” explores the power of theater to allow individuals to transcend their everyday selves and discover hidden depths of emotion and connection. It also delves into the idea that love can bloom in unexpected places, even among two people who struggle to express themselves in their regular lives.
The play combines humor, romance, and a touch of magic, celebrating the transformative and liberating nature of the performing arts. It’s a heartwarming and often funny exploration of the question, “Who am I this time?” as characters on and off the stage discover new facets of their own identities and the power of human connection through theater.