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In ‘The Events,’ characters try to make sense of a mass shooting

Greig uses the convention of a local community choir onstage during the show. Third Rail tapped several local community choirs to participate in “The Events,” with different choirs performing each night. While some of the songs are traditional hymns and pop songs, others are original numbers by Irish composer John Browne.

The choir sits onstage during the entire show, sometimes in scene with Claire, sometimes sitting in darkness as witnesses, or perhaps remembrance of those killed, and sometimes serving as a classical Greek chorus, commenting on the action in song and dialogue. 

However, the choir brings up an incongruity in the production. In the world of the show, the choir is explicitly multicultural; this is part of the reason The Boy targets Claire’s congregation. But the choir at opening night appeared overwhelmingly white. Understandably the logistics of creating a multicultural choir (or any single choir) for a show would be difficult. But

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

What goes on in the mind of someone like Norwegian neo-Nazi and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik? What was his motivation and emotional state, the thought process that allowed him to plan a shooting spree? What level of alienation, from society and his own conscience, allowed him to kill 77 people, injuring hundreds more?

In her recent book, One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway — and Its Aftermath, the journalist Åsne Seierstad writes a biography of Breivik and the community he set out to destroy. She writes about him the way Truman Capote describes Dick Hickock and Perry Smith in In Cold Blood. Both writers reconstruct whole worlds around the killers, including their cheerless histories. These narratives aren’t comforting, nor are they meant to be.

Like Seierstad’s account of what led up to July 22, 2011, the playwright David Greig wrote The Events in response to

Read more at: http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/a-series-of-unfortunate-events/

A Series of Unfortunate Events

What goes on in the mind of someone like Norwegian neo-Nazi and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik? What was his motivation and emotional state, the thought process that allowed him to plan a shooting spree? What level of alienation, from society and his own conscience, allowed him to kill 77 people, injuring hundreds more?

In her recent book, One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway — and Its Aftermath, the journalist Åsne Seierstad writes a biography of Breivik and the community he set out to destroy. She writes about him the way Truman Capote describes Dick Hickock and Perry Smith in In Cold Blood. Both writers reconstruct whole worlds around the killers, including their cheerless histories. These narratives aren’t comforting, nor are they meant to be.

Like Seierstad’s account of what led up to July 22, 2011, the playwright David Greig wrote The Events in response to

Read more at: http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/a-series-of-unfortunate-events/