story by Flannery O’Connor created for the stage by Karin Coonrod
Audience talk-back following the performance.
Flannery O’Connor’s apocalyptic comedy lives anew only through Compagnia de’ Colombari. Experience one of America’s top writers through this explosion of text, story, music and dance.
Everything That Rises Must Converge, created for the stage by Karin Coonrod with exclusive permission from the Flannery O’Connor estate, is a tragic-comic theatrical event based on the novel by the same name. Set on a moving bus in America’s deep South, eight actors transform seven chairs into a crowded bus of characters with razor-sharp precision. The result is an interracial, seat-shifting dance that captures the American South in the turbulent, early days of the Civil Rights Movement—and preserves O’Connor and her text as (in the words of Karin Coonrod) “the American Dante.”
Now, more than ever, Flannery O’Connor’s work is timely and timeless.
The Yale performance coincides with the 90th anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s birth on March 25, 1925.
Praise for Everything That Rises Must Converge
“It was like being read to in technicolor!” - Atlanta, GA
“O’Connor’s story is so relevant today…” - New York, NY
“Your group has struck gold with this…” - Washington, DC