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ANON(YMOUS)

by Naomi Iizuka

Directed by Stephanie Lein Walseth

November 2 - 19, 2023​

at Park Square Theatre

About Anon(ymous).

Tempest-tossed and lost at sea, a young refugee called Anon embarks on a harrowing journey across the United States to find his mother. Based on Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Anon(ymous) weaves together ancient truths and contemporary realities about re-membering one’s identity and finding home in a strange new land. 

Performance and Ticketing Information

Dates

November 2 - 19, 2023

  • Previews: November 2

  • Opening Performance: November 3

  • Wednesday-Saturday evening shows at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

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Runtime: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. 

Content includes: Light strobing, fog; loud sound effects, including gunshots and explosions; staged violence; mentions of war and death.

Price

Every performance is Pay as You Are Able in accordance with our Mission and Core Values.

Seating is General Admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

For box office questions email: fullcircletheatertickets@gmail.com

Covid-19 Policy

Audience Vaccination policy
It is no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results to attend performances.

Audience Mask Policy

Masks are required for all Sunday performances of Anon(ymous).

Audience Responsibility

We ask that guests stay home if they are sick or exposed to COVID-19. Please contact the box office to transfer your tickets to another performance, donate your tickets, or request a refund. Contact the ticket office at fullcircletheatermn.org

 

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Thank you for your support and adaptability and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Venue Information

Anon(ymous) will be performed at Park Square Theatre, located at 20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102.

For directions or parking information, visit Park Square Theatre’s website. If you are able, please arrive 30 minutes early to allow for parking.

Anon(ymous) Cast

Dramaturgical Context for 
Anon(ymous) by Alex Church

Anon(ymous) Synopsis

Naomi Iizuka’s breathtaking play takes its inspiration from Homer’s ancient epic poem, The Odyssey, and adapts it through the lens of the contemporary refugee seeking a home in the US. Like Odysseus, who roamed the Adriatic Sea for 10 years before returning to his home, Anon has been adrift from his home - his mother - for an unknown number of years. While she toils in a textile factory under an oppressive boss, Anon has survived a refugee camp and has been adopted by a “Nice American Family” from which he has recently run away. When the goddess Naja offers him help, he begins a perilous journey, encountering dangerous foes, exploitative employers, and other resilient refugees. Through each of these challenges, Anon must piece himself together anew. He must literally re-member his identity in this strange, new land.

Anon(ymous) Production History

Anon(ymous) was commissioned by The Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis after Elissa Addams, CTC’s Director of New Work, saw Iizuka’s play Polaroid Stories. That play, a riff on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, was inspired by her interactions with Minneapolis teenagers. Anon(ymous) received development and staged readings through the Kennedy Center’s New Visions New Voices series in 2004 (Washington D.C.), and through the Public Theatre’s New Works Now program in 2005 (NYC), before making its world premiere production at CTC in April 2006.

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About the Playwright of Anon(ymous)

Naomi Iizuka was born in Tokyo, Japan; then lived in Jakarta, Indonesia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; before eventually Washington, D.C. She cites her mutli-cultural upbringing as a huge influence in her life and work. 

“I remember there was a pool at the apartment building where we first lived, and the people there talked all different languages. There were people from different parts of India, people from Africa, people from South America” — many of them foreign diplomats or scholars and their families. And it was the ’70s. It was a period where, in the water, there was a kind of curiosity about other cultures. So I think I had from a pretty early age an awareness that the world was big. And to some degree mysterious. And I was really curious about knowing more.”

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