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Cloud Nine

A drama by Caryl Churchill

Sexual identity and politics explored through the lens of two centuries and one family.

March 29 - April 8, 2012

Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre


The Story: Cloud Nine begins in 1880 colonial Africa where a British expatriate family struggles to maintain the sexual mores of the Victorian era. In a place where the natives are restless in more ways than one, the family and friends engage in a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. Act II jumps ahead a century to 1980 London – where the sexual revolution is in full swing. In an unusual twist, the gender and race-bending characters only age 25 years. Exploring, defining and re-defining every aspect of sexual identity, Cloud Nine is a thought-provoking, outrageous comedy.

Background: Described as “the least predictable of contemporary playwrights” by The Daily Telegraph, English dramatist Caryl Churchill is one of the most respected woman writers of her generation. Her best-known works, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, Far Away, and A Number, are remarkably varied in both structure and topic. Combining “a vivid, darkly funny theatrical imagination” (NY Times) with a strong political viewpoint, Churchill has “created some of the most iconic moments in contemporary British theatre…[with an] ability to continually reinvent the form [through] a constant search for new kinds of language and theatrical structures (The Guardian).” Join us for a rare glimpse of this exciting and vibrant playwright with her landmark work that The New York Times called “an evening of inspired lunacy.”

Recommended for mature audiences due to sexual content.

Graphic by CAP Designs

Artistic Staff

Director Tim Ocel
Scenic Designer Catherine Cornell
Costume Designer Rachel Laritz
Lighting Designer Rachael Albert
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Composer Gregg Coffin
Wig & Makeup Designer Dawn Rivard
Stage Manager

Michael Barbour


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower