Rutgers Theater Company Performs “Gabriel” April 7 – 12


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By Scott Neaves

Rutgers Theater Company will be performing George Sand’s “Gabriel,” which is a play about the journey that one goes through who is struggling with determining their gender identity on a day-to-day basis.

The production is translated and directed by Professor Christopher Cartmill, who is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director.  He has directed plays in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Cartmill explained, “The issue of identity and gender seems to be everywhere in the news and it seems to be a next frontier in figuring out who we are, that these ideas of male and female seem that they’re fixed, but maybe they’re not as much as we thought.”

Then he went on to say, “The issue is so powerful and everybody is on the spectrum of masculinity and femininity.  The play is ultimately about freedom to be who you want to be.”

The story follows a prince who, on his 16th birthday, discovers that he is actually a woman.  Gabriel proceeds to live however she wants, conflicted between man and woman until she meets her lover who wants her to be a woman.

Gabriel must go through this journey in order to figure out his/her identity and who he/she really wants to be, which Cartmill believes is a concept that people can relate to in today’s society.

George Sand originally wrote the story of “Gabriel” in 1839 to be read instead of performed, which is extraordinary for its era.  Then it was translated to theater in the 1850s after being revised.  Cartmill’s production, however, will not include these revisions, as it will come straight from the original text.

Cartmill is hoping that the narrative of this play will interest many people and bring a larger audience to the theater.

The performances will be from Tuesday April 7 to Sunday April 12 at the Jameson Studio Theater on the Cook/Douglass campus.

Shows from Tuesday to Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. while the Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m.  Student tickets cost $10, Rutgers alumni, employees, and seniors tickets are $12, and tickets for the public are $15.  For directions to the theater click here.