International Theater Series

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:00 pm
Corner Brewery

Please note: Due to limited capacity, tickets for this performance are limited. Call our ticket office at 734-764-2538 to be added to an interest list.

Can any place act as a stage? Join us for a spellbinding and intimate experience – where you become part of the performance.

Pull up a chair and wet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theater, live music, and strange goings-on as UMS takes theater into the pub, moving to the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti for seven performances.

One wintry morning, Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in the Scottish Borders, the region of Scotland that borders England. As the snow begins to fall, she finds herself trapped in a secluded bar with strangers, only to be swept away on an enchanting, dream-like journey of self-discovery filled with magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke.

Show notes:
2 hours 30 minutes, one intermission
Recommended for ages 14+

Also see:
National Theatre of Scotland website

Writer David Greig, director Wils Wilson and composer Alasdair Macrae spent a weekend in an old pub in the Scottish Borders researching the Border Ballads for the show. It was the coldest winter for many years and maybe it was the unique atmosphere in the pub that night or maybe it was the knee deep snow outside, but no one wanted the evening to end, so at midnight the landlord locked the doors and they found themselves in a lock in.

Deep in the wee hours, one old man told a story about another group of people who’d come to look for songs a few years back and of how one of them, a woman, had never after been seen again. It was a story, which he said was ‘one hundred and ten percent true’ a story of love, of music and of the Devil. It was the story of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and it is that tale that will be told to you, if you have the nerve to hear it.

David Greig was born in Edinburgh, studied at Bristol University and is a highly-respected playwright and theatre director. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture Theatre Group with Graham Eatough in Glasgow. David’s recent work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Dunsinane (RSC), Peter Pan and The Bacchae (EIF). Other theatre work includes Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and BAM) and The American Pilot (RSC, Soho and MTC). He is currently working on a new Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Wils Wilson’s directing work for National Theatre of Scotland includes Gobbo – The Adventure of Gobbo and The Watchmaker devised and created with David Greig and Home Shetland created with Jackie Kay. Both productions won CATS Awards. She was co-founder and Co-Artistic director of Wilson+Wilson creating site-specific art, installation and theatre. Wils’ other work includes productions with Manchester Royal Exchange, Live Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Gate Theatre, Midsommer Actors and BBC Radio Drama and future projects include The Manchester Lines, a site-specific play with songs for the Library Theatre Company, Manchester, written by Jackie Kay and composed by Errollyn Wallen in June.

These performances mark the UMS debut of National Theatre of Scotland.

Related UMS Education & Community Engagement Events

1/12: A Play and A Pint: Scottish Theater and the Border Ballads of Prudencia Hart