Burbage Theatre’s ‘Polaroid Stories’ is a modern-day myth

Burbage Theatre’s ‘Polaroid Stories’ is a modern-day myth

PAWTUCKET – The Burbage Theatre Company presents the sixth and final production of their eighth season with the Rhode Island premiere of “Polaroid Stories​,” running through May 19 at TEN31 Productions, 249 Roosevelt Ave.

“Polaroid Stories​” is written by Naomi Iizuka and ​directed by Kate Kataja​. “The play is the most challenging offering we’ve ever served up to our audience, and we have the perfect artistic team to do it,​” ​says artistic director Jeff Church.

“​Polaroid Stories”​ takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way-stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape.

According to a press release, Iizuka interviewed the impoverished, the addicted, the confused and disillusioned, and superimposed their trials onto the stories of ​Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” creating​ a new American myth​.

​“‘Polaroid Stories’​ is a visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids that ​journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters’ lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced.”

“Polaroid Stories”​ conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing: “Like their mythic counterparts, these modern-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force,” the press release states.
Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for students. High school students receive free admission to any performance that isn’t sold out.