Devil in the Dirt Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Aug. 4-18 2012

Last year Daria Harper was a student at the University of Virginia, desperate to find a subject for her MFA acting thesis. Then she struck up a conversation with Cindy Stokes, her housecleaner, who recounted burying her father—a task that involved one plastic bag full of ashes; several carloads of women, children, dogs, and bicycles; and a grotesque, defiant, ineffably poignant act of grave desecration. Harper had found her subject. The graveyard story concludes this astonishing one-woman show, expanded from Harper's original thesis project and directed with inconspicuous precision by Mary Ann Thebus. Working from transcripts of interviews with Stokes, Harper tells horrific tales of a father's decades-long assault on his wife and daughters while bearing joyous witness to one woman's instinct for survival. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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