Singing serial killers, avenging angels, lovesick demons…these are some of the surreal and disturbing features of Convergence-Continuum’s new production of Mark O’Rowe’s play Terminus. Three citizens of Dublin, Ireland are torn from their daily lives into a surreal fantasy world for one night. In the course of that evening, “A” tries to stop a woman who is eight months pregnant from having an abortion. “B” is falling in love with a crane when she finds that a friend is stealing her lover. “C” makes a deal with the devil for a singing voice that he can use to woo the ladies. The interweaving stories are told in audience directed monologues written in verse that resembles Hip-Hop.
“Gritty details, grotesque flourishes and internal rhymes pour from Mark O’Rowe’s characters with a velocity to match the ferocity of his narrative in Terminus, a tale of the seamier sides of Dublin…Poor choices meet good and bad intentions with fatal, fantastical and even Faustian results in the intersecting stories spun by two women and one man. …surrender to O’Rowe’s onrush of metaphor and magic” (Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle)
Terminus is directed by convergence-continuum’s Artistic Director, Clyde Simon, and features Lucy Bredeson-Smith, Dana Hart* and Rachel Lee Kolis.
*member Actors Equity Association
Terminus first saw the light of stage at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on June 9, 2017 and was then transferred to the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (it was awarded the Fringe First Award of 2008). It played the Abbey again in 2009 and 2011 and has been on international tour in Australia, the UK and the US where it appeared at Duke University, Ohio State University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and STC. Following the Abbey tour it has been produced with American casts in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and now Cleveland. The convergence-continuum production of Terminus is produced through special arrangement with Curtis Brown Group Limited, London.
Terminus opens Fri, November 21 and runs Thu-Sat at 8 p.m. through December 20 (no show on Thanksgiving Day) at the Liminis Theater, 2438 Scranton Rd, Cleveland 44113. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. Reservations and info are available at convergence-continuum.org and 216-687-0074.
Convergence-Continuum was founded in 2001 by Clyde Simon (Artistic Director) and Brian Breth. The company’s artistic home, in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, is the Liminis, an intimate, versatile, storefront performance space, with maximum seating of 40-50 depending on the set-up for each show. The company produces alternative/experimental theatre work by living playwrights, and completely transforms the Liminis for each show, immersing audiences into the world of the play in up-close productions.