Attempts On Her Life

In winter 2013, associate Professor of Theater Roger Bechtel's first Carleton production was "Attempts on Her Life."  In a review by Andrew Haydon of the National Theatre (Lyttelton) London, he wrote, "Written ten years ago, Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life represents one of the high points of experimental theatre, of any theatre, written in the last quarter-century. As the play's subtitle - Seventeen Scenarios For Theatre - suggests, Attempts... is not a linear narrative. The 'scenarios' take various implied forms, from monologues, adverts and pop lyrics through to numerous negotiations between unnamed speakers in unspecified locations, all trying to pin down the nature of an unseen central character: 'Anne'. This 'Anne' or Anny, or Anushka, appears variously to be a suicidal singles-holiday hostess, an international terrorist, a porn actress, a suicidal modern artist, a refugee and a make of car, among other things. Like I said, it's non-linear."