El Cimarron

[…]Special mention must be paid to Eugenia Arsenis, the stage director who breathes life into this story as a shot of helium fills a balloon. She exudes confidence and passion as she explains her attraction and her clarity of vision for “El Cimarron.” She has a special bond with this play. I can imagine dozens of directors being offered an opportunity to direct this piece, only to turn away and look for “Our Town.”

Directing this play takes courage, grace and a deep desire to set free the flights of fancy that best tell this story. It is certain that this piece requires exquisite discipline, but that discipline without freedom would fall flat. This is about the story of a slave, but it is also about being free from convention when you tell a story.

The astounding thing about her gentle guidance of this production is how remarkably calm the evening is. She has taken the most uncomfortable and turned it into a warm blanket to snuggle in before a raging fire. The marriage of this music and this story needs to have a steady, soft and fearless hand at the tiller, and she brings all of that.

Dave Begel

Arsenis responded with an imaginative, fitting response and guided McKeever to a powerful realization of its main and only character.

Tom Strini

The whole package bespeaks the agonies of injustice but also the strength of the human spirit that finds ways to survive. “El Cimarron” resonates long after the final bows are taken. Director Eugenia Arsenis has created a searing production that will be long remembered. Don’t miss this unusual offering.

Julie McHale
Waukesha Freeman