A coup of a premiere
Visiting British playwright Stephen Jeffreys noticed an intriguing pattern—the large number of scenes from Shakespeare that could be described as “interrupted rituals” (the play-within-a-play in Hamlet, the banquet scene in Macbeth). That got Jeffreys started … and, over the past few months at UC Davis, he created a new play titled Interruptions, in which an imaginary country prepares for an election, undergoes a military coup, and deals with the consequences. The seven (interrupted) scenes involve everything from conversation to cooking to sex. A cast of about a dozen portrays a whopping 80 characters, and there’s original music by local composer Pablo Ortiz, making the show a particularly unusual and ambitious effort. This production at UC Davis is a premiere—Jeffreys’ other plays have been mounted in London, New York and Chicago. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Main Theater at UC Davis, $6-$11. Through May 6. (530) 752-1915.