murder, hope is an eclectic and truly original piece by Becky Poole now playing at Theatre on the Square as part of the indyFringe Theatre Festival. Poole melds poetry, song, movement and monologue as she attempts to decode the brain. Poole who is in Indianapolis from New York City demonstrates innovation that is so far unparalleled in this years Fringe.
While murder, hope is a bit disjointed, it seems to be for the most part intentional. Poole finds herself jumping from one side of the stage to the other, inhabiting a myriad of characters on her mission to understand how Landau-Kleffner syndrome and other brain disorders work. On her journey, she searches for new heroes, new cures, and new information, which results in a new form of theater.
Perhaps the signature part of the play is Poole’s performance of a classic folk tale. Her hauntingly powerful ballad chills to the bone as she sings the story of Omie Wise, a woman drowned by her husband. Except Poole is interested in the idea of reinterpreting myths, and does so by rewriting Omie’s own ending.
murder, hope is one of those rare plays that you walk away clueless about, but within an hour you realize that you have just been introduced to a totally new world. With plenty of “ah-ha” moments to be had, check out murder, hope in this years indyFringe Festival.
It plays at Theatre on the Square on Mass Ave all this week and through the coming weekend. Do not miss this great Indianapolis festival that celebrates the spirit of freedom in Indianapolis performing art, Indianapolis art and Indianapolis music on the out skirts finally have a home at the indyFringe Theatre Festival. Come to Indianapolis downtown this weekend to be part of something big!
IndyFringe Theatre Festival
The IndyFringe Building
719 E St. Clair St