In day-to-day life, while inexplicable and dark things happen all around, everyone takes on a certain edited perception of the world in order to get by. Ultimately, these self-deceptions determine large parts of our relationships and the way in which we interact with others and the world at large. Pacific University Theatre Department’s Fall production of Far Away by Carol Churchill will explore and dissect this universal truth and beg a profound question: Who do we have to tell ourselves to get through life in this day and age?
Directed by Ellen Margolis and starring senior Emily Smith, junior Abby Weinman, and sophomore Ethan Won, Far Away gives audiences glimpses into the life of a woman who grows up, lives, works, and develops relationships in a strange and possibly violent reality. Navigating this world and the people in it, she faces the binary nature of conflict and confronts a poignant fear inflicted on her by living in a world of division. Margolis said that she chose this specific show because she felt that it reveals much about how the human psyche adapts to the increasingly complicated reality in which we all live.
“This is a play about how we ultimately lie to ourselves or rationalize things in order to maintain the lives that we have,” said Margolis. “It’s a play that is really about whose cost that entails.”
Far Away opens on Thursday, Oct. 21 and will run through Sunday, Oct. 24. Shows run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m on on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free to Pacific students and $5 for general admission. Tickets are available at https://www.pacificu.edu/calendar/far-away-theatre-fall-production. — Isabelle Williams