“We are investigating the perversity and nastiness that pervades the landscape of the Southern subconscious. We want to know what standing on this subconscious does to the psyche of an individual,” says Rachel Thomas-Levy, director of Anam Cara Theatre Company’s new show, Barbed Wire Suit. Select works by Flannery O’Connor and Jean Toomer inspired the play’s main characters, each of whom was researched and further developed by a member of the performance ensemble. The three will be introduced through vignettes that undercut romanticized notions of the South and, ideally, prompt reflection on specific societal forces. “I want to see whether abstract, at times metaphorical, stage pictures can hit on topical issues without directly referencing them,” Thomas-Levy says. Productions are at the Toy Boat Community Art Space on Fridays and Saturdays, July 29 and 30 and Aug. 5 and 6, and Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. $15/$18. anamcaratheatre.org. Photo by Missy Bell
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