Rutgers Theater Company presents "Silentium" March 2–6

What lurks in the deep, sometimes dark recesses of our unconscious minds, and how do we make sense of what we find there? Rutgers Theater Company explores the demons and desires hidden inside all of us in Silentium, running from Wednesday, March 2, through Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater. Note: the March 4, 5, and 6 performances are SOLD OUT

Silentium, a surrealist theatrical work created by Mason Gross faculty member Danielle Liccardo and a group of second-year acting students, is the result of an annual retreat to the mountains of Massachusetts--a trip spent largely in silence.

“I really wanted the piece to reflect what was discovered there about solitude and stillness, and what comes about in us because of that,” says Liccardo. “When we don’t have all the distractions of life, we start to reflect and come to terms with personal things.”

Through movement, images, live and recorded music, and projections, the actors have created metaphorical stories with themes including deep-rooted fears, unfinished endeavors, and overcoming grief. The vignettes are set in a larger-than-life forest, which Liccardo likens to “a place where we delve into ourselves, where we meet our own unconscious.”

Silentium is meant to be a mirror for audiences, Liccardo explains, and to show the universality of human emotions.

“This is all of us,” Liccardo says of the themes in the production. “We’re all trying to take a pilgrimage to something in our lives.”

Silentium runs from Wednesday, March 2, through Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The March 4, 5, and 6 performances are SOLD OUT. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors, and only $15 for students with valid ID. The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 848-932-7511.