Anton’s Well is proud to present the Bay Area Premiere of David Harrower’s KNIVES IN HENS. The play is set in a rural time many centuries ago. The world is simple: the field hand Young Woman and the ploughman Pony William are a newly married couple who live in a cottage at the end of the village. The miller Gilbert Horn lives entirely outside the village.
Yet, their three way relationship is complex: the labor of the ploughman is pitted against the industrial machine of the miller, the public self of each obscures their own private natures (all three are whispered about by the villagers)--but most of all, the Young Woman discovers the complexity and beauty of language.
The New York Times calls KNIVES IN HENS “a wondrous drama of the lust for language” and that the play is “about the liberation that comes in creating language that matches perception.”
KNIVES IN HENS is directed by Robert Estes and stars Virginia Blanco, Marco Aponte, and Tony Ortega. The play runs September 7-29 at the Brooklyn Preserve, 1433 12th Avenue, Oakland. Friday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 7PM.