Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Beast on the Moon
“There was—and there was not,” intones the elderly man in Armenian at the start and end of Beast on the Moon, Richard Kalinoski’s deeply affecting play about two survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide was carefully plotted and carried out by the Ottoman government, resulting in the massacre of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children between 1915 and 1917. It is through the desperately searching voices of 19-year-old Aram and his 15-year-old “mail order bride” Seta that the underlying psychological horrors of witnessing such unspeakable atrocities come full circle. In Tandem Theatre’s production of Beast on the Moon is a poignant, personal testament to those Armenians who survived, as well as an important, timeless voice for all those who perished, but still live on in remembrance, spirit and faith.