“This is a new play, and as a director, I gravitate toward new works,” said Wear. “It’s always a delight to work on a new piece, because you are really crafting it with the playwright. It’s extremely collaborative.”
After the last year-and-a-half where a lot of collaborations have had to be remote or, even sometimes, placed on pause, she said it’s been a lot of fun to be able to work with someone again and to work with someone in the same space.
“You feel that special theatrical magic that only happens when you get people in a room, or in an open-air setting, when you get them physically close,” Wear said.
She said this is a story about an Asian legend. It also grapples with issues such as race and masculinity. At the same time, it’s a show that’s a lot of fun to bring to the stage.
“Adam and I have a show that is going to be really delicious to watch, particularly in the summer. There’s something about summertime, where people just want to get together, laugh, play, and have a good time, and working on this show has really been a reflection of that. It’s been just really theatrical and playful throughout the whole process,” Wear said.
HOW TO GO
What: “Mongrel” by Adam Tran
Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton
When: Today through Sept. 12. Performances will begin with a preview today and continue through the weekend with shows at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays shows will begin Sept. 1. The show will run through Sept. 12. Each performance will begin at 8 p.m.
Cost: Tickets for the in-person performance range from $15 to $35 (plus online ticketing fees.) A video-on-demand option will also be available.
More info: Visit www.knowtheatre.com and www.pyramidhill.org. Masks are required for in-person attendance. The show is Rated R for adult language and situations, including graphic descriptions of violence.