Knox College Theatre presents ‘The Serpent’

From the Register-Mail:

The Knox College Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Serpent” by Jean-Claude van Itallie, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, May 19-22, in Studio Theatre at the Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Described as a “ceremony” by its author, “The Serpent” is a work of experimental theater that explores the book of Genesis by comparing it to the modern experience. It was developed in 1968 by van Itallie in collaboration with Joseph Chaikin and The Open Theatre.

“We are giving a post-modern interpretation to a play, written more than 40 years ago, that is already well known in the world of contemporary improvisational theater,” said director Jeff Grace, visiting assistant professor of theater.

According to Grace, the actors uses a technique in the play known as “transformational acting.”

“None of the actors has a name or an assigned character to portray,” Grace said. “Sometimes they step into roles, and other times they are playing themselves.