The magic of “Still Life With Iris” comes to Sutter Street Theatre
“Sill Life With Iris,” a play by Steven Dietz, is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award. It’s a fantastical adventure that centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home.
Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno — a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people’s minds but instead are kept in their coats (called ‘Past Coats’). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the “best” of everything on their island and take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey — Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11) — and frees herself from the Great Goods. She returns to Nocturno, having found her past, and her home.
Don’t miss Sutter Street Theatre’s production of “Still Life With Iris,” playing through Feb. 17. Showtimes are 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the theater, 717 Sutter St. in Folsom. Tickets are $17 general, $15 seniors and $13 children 12 and younger. Purchased them by calling (916) 353-1001 or visiting SutterStreetTheatre.com.