Nearly four decades after its startling debut, Cloud 9’s audacious, playful take on sexual politics resonates anew with its prescient exploration of power and perception. The repression of colonial Africa and the liberation of late-1970s London intersect in Caryl Churchill’s revolutionary masterwork. Bending time, gender, and genre, this nimble modern classic embraces the confusion and complication of identity: What forces define who we are—and at what cost?
1979 that feels virtually like today...
Precise and delightfully showy.
Although it premiered in 1979, Cloud 9 and its boundary-expanding, cross-gender casting resonates with today’s discussions about gender identity—namely that gender can be, and is for many people, a fluid plurality of individual experiences and expressions, a spectrum instead of a binary.Read More
1880, Africa. Stiff-lipped colonial administrator Clive is the paterfamilias of a hodge-podge Victorian household that includes his flustered wife Betty, disappointing son Edward, nonspeaking daughter Victoria, secretly lesbian governess Ellen, imposing mother-in-law Maud, and fiercely loyal servant Joshua who coexist in an uneasy equilibrium.Read More