About This Blog

Welcome to the unofficial resource blog for Live Arts’ production of He Who Gets Slapped!

This blog was created by the dramaturg, Kat Thompson (that’s the ‘me’ or ‘I’ that you’ll run into occasionally on this site). When I began researching this play several months ago, it quickly became obvious to me that reducing the information I found into one playbill-page-sized blurb would not only be extraordinarily difficult, but also somewhat unfair to the play’s writer, readers, performers, and audience members. There is simply so much out there related to this play that is fascinating, weird, hilarious, odd, and so on, that I couldn’t not share it with everyone.

What you’ll see and read here is a re-arranged version of the bi-weekly digests I sent to the cast and crew to acquaint them with the material. I started with the biographic and historic information on Andreyev and the play itself; I then passed on images of French and Russian circuses in Andreyev’s time; and then I accidentally wrote a tome about the relationship between Gorky and Andreyev, which some have said drives the tension between HE and The Gentlewoman in our production. I ended with ruminations on some of the more abstract ideas and themes in the play.

This format is a little more fluid than those digests, so you’re free to bounce around among categories and explore the world of this production at your leisure. Map out any path you like; this is here for you to consume at your own pace and entirely at your own will.

WARNING: There are some spoilers pertaining to this production on this site. If you have not yet seen the play at Live Arts, the information contained on some of these pages may ruin your theater-going experience. If you don’t want to know how the production ends, do not read sections marked SPOILERS, and be careful when reading posts tagged “Spoilers”. I will do my best to clearly mark information that could be considered a spoiler, but beyond that, I cannot assume any other responsibility for your reading.

If there are any questions or concerns, or if you have any comments, feel free to email me at the address shadowflag at gmail dot com.

Thank you, and enjoy!

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