LEWISTON — Existential crisis is just the tip of the iceberg in Lewis-Clark State College’s newest production,“An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys.”
The play follows the story of Tess, a jaded and emotionally aloof string theory physicist who finds herself being thrown from one dimension to another. As she discovers that her world is not in order, she is forced to re-evaluate her beliefs and understandings while looking at love, loss and relationships and using string theory as a backdrop.
“Mind-bending comedic drama is a good way to describe it,” playwright Jef Petersen said. “It explores what it means to be human and what it means to be alive.”
The cast is a combination of 11 members from both LCSC and University of Idaho in Moscow. Petersen said the majority of the cast function as “world builders” to illustrate the different dimensions Tess is being thrown through.
Petersen said audience members can expect an eye-opening ride that includes laughs as well as mysterious and enlightening moments.
“The entire play sort of explores the deep connection with familiar relationships and our need to feel like we’re connected to the people around us,” Petersen said.
“An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys” features adult themes that may not be suitable for young audiences.
If You Go
WHAT: “An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Nov. 7, 12-14 and 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 15
WHERE: Silverthorne Theater on the LCSC campus
COST: Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for non-LCSC students and seniors, and free for LCSC students and alumni with ID. Tickets will be sold at the door.