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This 'Tree' Is Rooted In Memory
By Ellen McCarthy Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, May 23, 2008; Page WE39
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previous productions. He opened the giant metal doors By Ellen McCarthy to the place (home to old Washington Post Staff Writerbriefcases, airplane cable, Friday, May 23, 2008; broken chairs) and decided to wooden planks and Page WE39

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the piece into shape, talking about The tree, he decided, would hold their most powerful memories and all the memories of marked the imagining those that mankind. lives of their parents and their parents' On and parents. off for the next nine months,
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"The Pabst and Popcorn Hour Presents an Adaptation of the Tragedy of The result is a play about an Everywoman, who in death relives several a hit at last http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/22/AR2008052201354.html year's Doctor Faustus," memories (hers and her ancestors') as she wends her way through a mystical alternate universe to the tree Capital Fringe Festival, brainstormed at the center, where each remembrance will eventually rest. the piece into shape, talking about their most powerful memories and Memories from each member of VanHoozer's group are represented, making the creation imagining those that marked the of the work as intimate as its topic. The team is hoping that for the production's final lives night (June 7), audience members will stay and share ofslivered reflection of their own a their parents and their parents' parents. past.
"You can't matchtreeYou can't match what peopleartist Seanremember," VanHoozer Meanwhile, the it. grew out of the designs of choose to Hennessey and from objects says. "You're talking about the essential elements of a human being." belonging to the warehouse.
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belonging to the warehouse.

The Tree Project Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 202-5441960.http://www.treeinawarehouse.com. Through June 7. $5; $10 closing night. The Tree Project Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 202-544-1960.http:// www.treeinawarehouse.com. Through June 7. $5; $10 closing night.

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