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"Blood Rose Rising" -- the hottest show in town

Posted by Robin Abrahams  February 24, 2012 01:17 PM

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Tonight I'm glamming it up and heading out to "Blood Rose Rising" at Davis Square. Excitement! This show has been in the works for a couple of years -- I was involved with the workshops last spring -- and it's going to be amazing.

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"Blood Rose Rising" is the brainchild of Ben Evett, the founder of Actors' Shakespeare Project. It's a kind of theatrical miniseries. Tonight's show is "Episode 1: Immaterial Girl," which will run for the next few weeks. From a Globe article on the show:

"I've been thinking about these long narrative television series and how people become passionately invested in them and talk about them with friends and write about them on Facebook," Evett says. "I am trying to create that connection with an ongoing story in a way that only theater can do - by providing an intense, immediate experience and a chance to socialize with other people."

The play will unfold in a sort of cabaret atmosphere, with bar service and the alt-rock band Alchemilla performing live music before, during, and after the performance. Theatergoers are encouraged to stay after the show and hear the band or grab food and drinks at Saloon, the new bar down the hall from the basement theater (which used to be Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway Theater).

The show is a ghost story about two young scions of prominent Boston families -- Robert and Olivia -- her political ambitions, and his family's dark secrets. When we did the workshops last spring, I helped out as a sort of evil housekeeper/house manager/Elvira figure: 


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"Blood Rose Rising" (reviewed here) will be running through April, and tickets are available here


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