Savage Arts at the Marsh; Stunning Sensual Awakening
by Linda Ayres-Frederick
“A true artist has no shame,” says French painter Henri enticingly as he beds his neighbor’s wife, Margaret in Sharon Eberhardt’s Savage Arts. Based on a true story of an Indian witchcraft trial that took place in upstate New York in the 1930’s, this solo performance is a volatile mix of sexual longing, opposing cultures, criminality, and prejudice. In her quiet but audibly calm voice, Eberhardt takes on the personae of several distinct characters that people her story using a minimum of props — a simple apron and a single chair — with the addition of one shaft of light coming from the artistst’s studio that indicates his haunting presence.
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