A is a teacher attempting to rescue her former pupil from a back-street abortion. B is a young woman who falls from a construction crane and in love with a demon made of worms. C is a homicidal sociopath who sells his soul to the Devil for an angelic voice heard only by his victims. A grotesque and brutal feast of language, Terminus is a supernatural vision from Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe (Crestfall). Dark, unrelenting, and gorgeously wrought, O’Rowe’s dizzying language illuminates the quietest fears and most intimate desires of its three characters in interlocking monologues.
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This intense intermissionless piece, directed by Tom Story, unleashes a flood of gritty, poetic language quickened by a sneaky riptide of narrative.
A shockingly lyric linguistic extravaganza
Director Tom Story has masterminded this verbal venture into the mindscape with extraordinary precision and passion
All three of the actors handle the challenges of the text with a wonderfully textured emotional presentation
Adrian Rooney, Studio’s Master Electrician, designed both sound and lighting for Studio 2ndStage’s production of Terminus. Literary Director Adrien-Alice Hansel spoke with him about his process and insights into creating an atmosphere for Mark O’Rowe’s dizzying linguistic drama.Read More
Hot on the heels of last year’s Moth, DC actor-turned-director Tom Story reflects on returning to 2ndStage to bring Mark O’Rowe’s dark Irish play Terminus to the stage—“The most perverse play to schedule at the holidays ever.” Studio Theatre’s Literary Director Adrien-Alice Hansel caught up with Tom during the first week of rehearsals. ’There’s some talk of Shakespeare, some talk of the Devil, a little reflection on directing rhyming verse, and his insights on the process of creating truthful work on the stage as both an actor and director.Read More
Mark O'Rowe, frequently aligned with Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson, belongs to a new generation of Irish playwrights who challenge Irish drama’s traditional concern with rural life by focusing on urban stories.Read More