Kenworthy brings films of female strength

From staff reports

This week at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, there will be no shortage of strong female characters and riveting performances as they present two films, “The Audience” and “Lulu.”

“The Audience,” presented by National Theatre Live, features Helen Mirren, who reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth II; she received an Academy Award for the same role in the 2006 film “The Queen.”

This live footage from a 2013 West End production also includes an exclusive discussion session with Director Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.

“The Audience,” written by Peter Morgan, received three 2015 Tony Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren); Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe); and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley).

“Lulu,” presented by MET Live (Metropolitan Opera), celebrates female strength in a completely different way. It paints the perfect picture of the human condition by telling of the story of a young woman who establishes her emotional and sexual dominance over others through a series of convoluted relationships.

Marlis Peterson headlines a phenomenal cast directed by William Kentridge with her outstanding performance of Lulu in one of Alban Berg’s most celebrated works.

A dynamic cast including Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter explores the prevalent themes of love, sex, instinct and morality in this 4 hour and 50 minute adaptation of Berg’s opera masterpiece Lulu.

“The Audience” is playing at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available at BookPeople of Moscow or at the KPAC box office 45 minutes prior to curtain.

“Lulu” is also playing at the Kenworthy Saturday at 9:30 a.m. General admission is $20, and student admission is $15.

For more information on screenings of both films, go to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre website.

Reporting by Chris Ryder