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Playing the Game

"This performance is not something you simply go and see, it's something you experience—moving, hilarious, and deeply profound. All those layers of cultural sludge that clog our sense of self are washed away as Denise shows us a deeper, more human way of seeing. Clear your schedules because you'll be talking about this performance all through the evening and the next morning too."  

-Audience Member

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"We're living through a time when old stories are deconstructing and we need new ones. This is a new story." -Audience Member

In Playing the Game, Denise Casey explores the many games she's played in order to belong- from taking cover in a monastery to skip out of rehab, to going halfway across the world to hear the Himalayas, or time traveling through a seventh grade science class. In this 60-minute, one-woman play, Denise follows the games she's played through the seen and unseen world into a larger collective moment, the summer of 2020. Part memoir, part meditation, part make believe, Playing the Game is unshaking in its exploration of possibility and courage.

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Denise Casey is a master storyteller and gifted performer. Playing the Game gives truth to the claim that the more we mine our own experiences of suffering, of insight, and of grace, the more universal our story becomes. Casey stages a performative autobiography that never forgets that - more often than not - we are a mystery even to ourselves. 

Katie Gough, dramaturge and Associate Professor of English & Theatre at UVM




Audience Member

I left the show feeling calm and inspired and DELIGHTED - to have experienced storytelling, meditation, music, dance and my own personal art drawing in one show... Still thinking about the river and my ancestors.

Audience Member

"...this is a sticky game friends, lifetimes have been built on this game..."

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