Trouble in Kind

Courtesy Photo

Trouble in Kind

On the Verge Offers Up ‘Athena’ and ‘Trouble in Kind’

Brings Fresh Perspectives, Experimental Flare to Theater

Presented by On the Verge. At the Community Arts Workshop, Thu., Aug. 2 (Athena), and Fri., Aug. 3 (Trouble in Kind). Athena shows Aug. 9 and Trouble in Kind Aug. 10-12.

In four years of existence, the On the Verge theater festival has developed a reputation for bringing fresh perspectives with an experimental flare to the Santa Barbara theater scene. The 2018 offerings, running at the Community Arts Workshop in downtown Santa Barbara through August 12, continue in this tradition. This year’s works include Gracie Gardner’s Athena, about two teenage fencers who find a kind of friendship born from competition, and Caridad Svich’s Trouble in Kind, a mythology-infused view of an unsettled community working through a wrenching loss.

Athena, directed by Kate Bergstrom, is a highly staged reading with dynamic blocking in an intimate setting that matches verbal sparring with the strident undulations of (mimed) fencing. Effortlessly genuine and engaging, Athena explores the struggles of teenage fencing partners from different cultural backgrounds in New York. Terry Li and Allison Lewis Towbes capture the uncertainty and humor of intelligent, intuitive girls navigating the awkward limbo between childhood and adulthood.

Trouble in Kind, directed by Josiah Davis, is more mood poem than play — a stylized, lyrical verbal dance expressing a passionate cry for social justice. The play is meandering and the narrative is muddy, but the staging, which incorporates live music, dance, and stark lighting on silent, urgent tableaux, shows Davis to be a director exploring a bold visual aesthetic.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Direct Relief Steps into Fire Effort

Highway 101 to the south opens; death toll at Camp Fire rises.

New Insights on Butterfly Migration Revealed

Monarch migrating from Oregon to Santa Barbara found to be breeding out of season, a first in ...

Water Managers, County Wrangle Over Lake Cachuma Supply

In some ways, the South Coast is in a worse drought fix than in 2014.

Brooks Is Back

UCSB PaCE to offer two Brooks courses this winter.

Heroin Bust in Santa Barbara

Three men were detained at three locations, one arrested.