Careful of Eights: Four [Five] Short Plays by Gertrude Stein

Lucretia Borgia, Look and Long, In A Garden, Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, and Lucredia Borgia
The Beckmann Theater at The American Theater of Actors, August 6-17 2003

Directed by Jessica Brater
Original Music by Jason Binnick
Producer: Stacey Cooper McMath
Dramaturg: Miriam Felton-Dansky
Lighting Design: Rachel Greer
Stage Management: Christine Umali
With: Albert Aeed, EJ An, Devon Harlow, M. Ryan Purdy, June Raphael, Lindsay Torrey.
Musicians: Jason Binnick, Jamie Reeder, Greg Rogove.

In Careful of Eights, Polybe + Seats presented three short plays written by Gertrude Stein during World War II and performed originally by the children with whom Stein was living in France, bookended by two versions of Stein's Lucretia Borgia, which was written in 1938 (and quite possibly never performed during Stein's lifetime). Lucretia Borgia weaves her way through the plays past murders without murderers, people becoming eggs, invisible chairs, and battles over paper crowns.  

Read the press from The Village Voice.


developed as
Two in Two: Two Short Plays by Gertrude Stein
Look and Long and Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters
HERE American Living Room Festival, HERE Arts Center, August 2-3 2003

and as
Look and Long: A Reading
Dixon Place "Not For Broadway or the MET Either!" New Musical Theater Festival
The Makor Center, June 16, 2003

This production was made possible in part by The Field.