paper chairs excitedly announces,
The Divine Narcissus
a bold new adaptation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s, El Narciso Divino, re-imagined by Austin playwright and paper chairs’ co-founder Elizabeth Doss.

Join us at Rogge Ranch House June 20th- 30th, 2019 as paper chairs explores Sor Juana’s uncanny allegory that blends Greek myth and the bible into a new world wherein canonical narratives are deconstructed and reimagined to create an immersive and wholly original theatrical experience.

The Divine Narcissus depicts a pageant put on by “Paganism” and “The Church” wherein a shepherdess in distress, “Human Nature” searches for her long lost love “The Divine Narcissus” who is a combination of Jesus (the one who’s resurrected) and Narcissus (the one who died and became a flower because he loved himself so much.) But Human Nature is not alone in her search for him. “Echo” (the beautiful nymph Narcissus dumped and who wasted away until only her voice remained),  and who is also playing Lucifer (the fallen angel) is also hot on The Divine Narcissus’s heels. Who will get to him first?  All together, these doubled cast archetypes create a peculiarly entangled love triangle that probes at the very nature of, well, Human Nature.

Sor Juana wrote during 1600s in Mexico and her poetry was well-known throughout Spain. She is often called by scholars, “the new world’s first feminist” as she passionately advocated women’s education. And since her civilization denied her these basic freedoms, she lived as a nun and educated herself by studying in secret. As an autodidactic, she learned to interpret history and literature on her own terms.  Paper chairs’ production promises to honor Sor Juana’s authenticity and create an exceptionally atypical night at the theatre.

The Divine Narcissus
Original text: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Adaptation: Elizabeth Doss
Co-Directors: Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta
Performers: Vincent Tomasino, Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw, Cassandra Reveles, Paige Tautz, Kate Taylor and Travis Tate
Lighting Design: Rachel Atkinson
Set Design: Lisa Laratta
Costume Design: Paige Tautz
Co-Producers: Elizabeth Doss and Lisa Laratta

8 performances only!
Buy tickets here!

Running June 20th-30th Thursday- Sunday
at 8:30pm at the Rogge Ranch House
3506 Rogge Lane Austin, Texas 78723

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paper chairs is fiscally sponsored by The Austin Creative Alliance. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.