Red Garnet Theater presents 'Fen,' Caryl Churchill's drama about the lives of farmworkers in the Fens of East Anglia. More…
In 'Fen,' work is a way of life. This labor is passed down from generation to generation. Numbed by the cyclical nature inherent in managing the day to day, there is no need to look beyond the fields. But when Val, a young mother of two, decides to leave her family for her lover, Frank, her impulsion runs smack into obligation. It's hard to start a new life without leaving the village. There are children to raise. There's always another job to be done. There is barely enough money to live. It does not take long for the bonds of motherhood to bring Val back to the fields. She comes to understand that there is no escaping the Fen. It is both a comfort and a curse.
In a world where roles are fixed and choices are few, 'Fen' follows the interweaving lives of different generations of women, and questions our sense of entitlement as to what life should give us.
See it if interested in a dark, meditative critique of perverse, pervasive abuses of power, and its psychological effects. Also, powerful female team.
Don't see it if you're turned off by nonlinear storytelling, have a hard time liking shows you can't easily identify with, or are a men's rights activist.