Audiences experience playwright David Leddy's subtly woven narrative intimately by listening to it on headphones in this unique audio play while following a mapped route through the grounds of the Kennedy Center.
- Oct. 28 - Nov. 7, 2010
- Throughout the Center
- 90 minutes
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Times will vary, with groups of two admitted every 15 minutes; the first group starts off at 11 a.m. and the final group of the day departs on the route at 9 p.m. When ordering, please choose a time on the hour, quarter hour, or half past the hour. Part of the route is outdoors; umbrellas provided in case of rain.
Ticket valid until 15 minutes past printed start time.
A government-issued ID or valid credit card will be required as collateral for the iPod and headphones, which are required to be returned within 2 hours.
The world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a crucible for the creation of new and experimental work, a place where talent is often unveiled. The Kennedy Center's ON THE FRINGE: Eye on Edinburgh celebrates the spirit of artistic entrepreneurship that exists in Edinburgh each summer in a showcase of some imaginative new work from that fertile environment. Presentations include theater, free performances on the Millennium Stage, performance art, and installations in the public spaces of the Center.
Glasgow playwright David Leddy's Susurrus is a unique audio play presented on the grounds of the Kennedy Center, and the title (pronounced sus-YOO-rus) refers to the rustling sound of wind in trees. Audiences experience Leddy's subtly woven narrative intimately, by listening to it on an ipod with headphones, while following a mapped route specifically designed by the playwright. Without actors and without a stage, Susurrus is part radio play, part recital, part lesson in bird dissection, and part stroll in the park. The listener hears snippets about opera, memorial benches, and botany, which fit together into a mournful and poignant story of love and loss. As the Guardian says, it's "a sensual reinterpretation of A Midsummer Nights' Dream with a contemporary edge. There are moments when location and content come together so powerfully that your eyes moisten and your heart lurches." Recommended for mature audiences.
News and Reviews
Preview: Kennedy Center stages ON THE FRINGE: Eye on Edinburgh
Going Out Guide, The Washington Post, Thu., Oct. 28, 2010
ON THE FRINGE: Eye on Edinburgh is presented in association with the British Council.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.