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See Bob Bartlett’s ‘Lýkos Ánthrōpos’ for those who dare

When a traveler alongside Rt. 50 west of DC finds themselves drawn, curiously, through Exit 16, to Davidsonville and MD 424 south, and, a mile or so past the stoplight on the filling station, is drawn but once more alongside the lonely Emilys Option to the left, a curious sequence of yellow arrows leads you to a useless finish, and to a farmhouse with firewood piled excessive for the winter.

Within the darkness, a hooded determine directs you to park within the tall grass, and when you and others are absolutely assembled, you wait for one more solitary determine to guide you down a slender path into the forest. The constellation Cassiopeia (that off-angled W within the sky” pointing downward towards the bottom) hovers over the woods as you enter, previous an alarmingly executed wooden sculpture of a wolf’s head. Down the woods you discover a circle of lights; you’re invited to pitch your folding chairs exterior the circle and to settle in for an intensely psychological encounter between predator and prey, of indeterminate species.

Patrick Kilpatrick (the stranger) and Nicholas Gerwitz (younger man) in Bob Bartlett’s Lýkos Ánthrōpos,’ directed by Alex Levy. Picture by Teresa Castracane.

Bob Bartlett’s new environmental manufacturing, Lýkos Ánthrōpos, set appropriately in a distant wooded space, is without doubt one of the most seasonally acceptable exhibits you’re prone to encounter. Its title, with its curious markings, signifies its nodding acquaintance with Greek mythology, and the spelling of the phrases wolf and man within the authentic Greek (λύκος ἅνθρωπος). There are paeans to Selene, goddess of the moon, and numerous one man circling one other, as the stress unfolds at the hours of darkness, ready for the moon to do its magic. Or its worst.

Director Alex Levy does a great job balancing stasis and motion as two misplaced souls encounter one another within the dimly lit circle. Civilization—within the type of a close-by bar—is an intermittent presence, as the 2 souls speak concerning the darkish, about nature, concerning the spouse and children, about the necessity to cage oneself because the moon waxes full, about slaughtering and consuming one’s kill… The lights typically go darkish, as our first stranger, Nicholas Gerwitz, forged because the prey, challenges the opposite (the hirsute and howling Patrick Kilpatrick) to disclose themselves. This, mixed with the distinct chill within the air, and the all-enveloping darkish, heightens the stress in a manner that followers of Lovecraft and King will completely adore.

Bob Bartlett’s script is admittedly a meandering affair, by turns elliptical, which comes maybe from the methods through which hunter and prey encounter one another within the wild—watching, ready, calculating whether or not and the right way to reveal themselves. There may be an epilogue, through which Kilpatrick—the title character—ends the night on a suspenseful word, the watcher casually revealing their ardour for witnessing nature at its most ravenous, overtly speaking about their very own month-to-month appetites.

Patrick Kilpatrick (the stranger) and Nicholas Gerwitz (younger man) in Bob Bartlett’s Lýkos Ánthrōpos,’ directed by Alex Levy. Picture by Teresa Castracane.

There are your common theatrical adventures, all cozy and heat and indoors on a fall night time. Then there are actually theatrical encounters, the place you’re left to your personal units in the midst of nowhere, with nowhere to go, whereas the magic unfolds proper in entrance of you.  Lýkos Ánthrōpos is simply such a night.

See it, I dare you.

Working time: 75 minutes with out intermission.

Lýkos Ánthrōpos runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 pm by way of November 6, 2022, in a clearing within the woods at 215 Emilys Method, in Davidsonville, MD. (Take Exit 16 off of Rt. 50, onto Rt. 424 South. Rt. 424 will flip into Birdsville Highway. Search for the yellow diamond signal alongside 424 for Emilys Method (about 1.8 miles south of the stoplight at Rts. 424 & 214.) For tickets ($25) and extra info go to  

This system for Lýkos Ánthrōpos is offered right here.

Advisory: Lýkos Ánthrōpos is for mature audiences solely.

An additional advisory: As Lýkos Ánthrōpos is staged within the woods, there aren’t any bathroom amenities; plan accordingly.

Seating is proscribed to twenty per efficiency. Attendees ought to costume warmly, deliver a fold-up chair and a lantern or flashlight, and put on mountaineering or hike-friendly footwear. Attendees will park in a meadow and stroll a brief distance into the woods for the 75-minute efficiency.

Lýkos Ánthrōpos
By Bob Bartlet
Directed by Alex Levy
That includes Patrick Kilpatrick and Nicholas Gerwitz

Playwright Bob Bartlett on his scary new play within the woods, ‘Lýkos Ánthrōpos’ (interview by Charles Inexperienced, October 17, 2022)



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