‘Parentheses of Blood’ A Brutal Drama

“Actually, the first time I saw Sony Labou Tansi’s Parentheses of Blood it was in French, but I just knew that I had to direct it,”

“Actually, the first time I saw Sony Labou Tansi’s Parentheses of Blood it was in French, but I just knew that I had to direct it,” said Indiana University faculty member Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe. “The drama of the story of a brutal authoritarian regime by this Congolese writer was very moving.”

Anifowoshe-Cooper gets her chance in IUs Wells-Metz Theatre with a cast that includes many students who’ve been focusing on reading non-western sources to broaden their perspective. Three of the actors for the production talked about realizing their characters.

Harry Watermeier described the process of coming to his character as a conscious effort to get beyond text and to get to the central feelings. “We finally decided that my soldier character was like a ten year old boy. He’s kind of macho, fascinated by the trappings of military procedures and just full of energy.

Shauna Burris is also a soldier. “There are just a few women among the men, but we pretty much just do about what they do. My character isn’t as energized as Harry’s is. I think that she’s actually got a bit of outside wisdom. She’s in the know about herself.”

Kelly Lusk plays two characters a vicious killer and a religious figure. “It’s actually kind of neat to be able to have that much contrast in a single play. I’ve very much enjoyed being able to switch back and forth even when it seems to be incredibly ironic. Somehow that irony seems to be a key to the whole play.”

Listen to the complete interview.

Parenthesis of Blood by Sony Labou Tansi
Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
IU Department of Theatre and Drama
Wells-Metz Theatre
Dec 4-5, 8-12, 2009

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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