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posted Friday, August 27, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 35
Nebunele Theatre explores subversive nonprofits
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Nebunele Theatre explores subversive nonprofits

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Friend's Enemy
Stone Soup Theatre Upstage
Through August 29


As the anniversary of FOOF draws near (the aptly named ecologically-motivated non-profit, Friends Of Our Future), the party is threatened by an exposé being written by the disaffected daughter of the founder, who is working out her complicated legacy through researching the origins of the organization. This is the basis for Friend's Enemy, a company-created production by Nebunele Theatre, now playing at Stone Soup Theatre Upstage.

Alissa Mortenson is Laura Richards, the current head of FOOF and a surrogate mother to Nina (Sophie Nimmannit). Richards is uncomfortable answering Nina's questions about her deceased mother, Anne, and her mother's flaws, feeling that Nina is only interested in diminishing her mother's memory. Nina seems to confirm that when she reveals that she's contacted K Martin (Erwin Galan), a disaffected former compatriot who lives in the woods and advocates - and has been arrested for - acts of subversion, like tree-spiking. This is an interesting trio of characters.

K is highly critical of FOOF and feels that it was built on unpublicized compromises that damage its credibility. He shows Nina how corporations had ulterior motives in giving huge sums of money to FOOF to buy land, and who then turned around and released the same to corporations to log or use the land just as they had before. He advocates "direct action," even when it causes damage or might lead to prison. He believes in civil disobedience as long as it does not injure people.

Richards and Nina's mother used to be part of the group that also advocated for and acted with "direct action." Nina finds this hard to believe, but finds proof of this in the archives. Nina tries to reconcile that vision of her mother with what she remembers and has been told.

Nina does a lot of her article composing onstage, typing and erasing (with the help of projection technology), so we see what she's thinking and struggling with. More technology is used to create a propaganda piece for FOOF touting its accomplishments and its intentions to save land as habitat for vanishing species.

A fourth character is a true believer intern at FOOF, who is also Richards' lover. Grace (Courtney Jackson) ends up being fairly unnecessary in the scheme of things, though she helps to show Richards' lack of empathy and compassion. There is a dance aspect to the production that seems disconnected to the rest of what has been developed.

The exploration of compromise in nonprofit life, the symbiosis of doing good while doing what one has to do, is a subject ripe for tearing into. The company has done a good job in developing various sides to the issue and finding characters that express those ambivalences. It will be interesting to see what changes may be made in future productions to clarify what they want it all to amount to. For more information, go to nebunele.come or www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.

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