The Lesser Seductions of History

The Lesser Seductions of History
by August Schulenburg
Directed by Heather Cohn

November 6-22, 2009
presented at The Cherry Pit

Cast: Jake Alexander, Matthew Archambault, Tiffany Clementi, Michael Davis, Candice Holdorf, Ingrid Nordstrom, Kelly O’Donnell, Jason Paradine, Christina Shipp, Raushanah Simmons, Isaiah Tanenbaum

Creative Team: Will Lowry, Set Design; Asa Wember, Sound Design; Lauren Parrish, Lighting Design; Becky Kelly, Costume Design; Angela Astle, Dramaturg; Doug Faulborn, Assistant Stage Manager; Jodi Witherell, Production Stage Manager



The Story: The Lesser Seductions of History follows ten characters through each year of the 1960s. History becomes as intimate as a lover when the decade’s fracture points of race, sex and war break and remake the characters in this coming-of-age story. Written, directed and performed by the children of those who lived during the tumultuous ’60s, The Lesser Seductions of History asks the question “what does it mean to be part of something greater than yourself?”

Weaving in and out of the larger contexts of the 60s, these can be seen either as small moments or big moments, depending on whose perspective you view them from, and Schulenburg’s greatest asset is–dare I pun it–his fluxtuating narrative, which presents it as everything all at once.

Aaron Riccio, That Sounds Cool

a masterpiece, a glorious gift that they have offered up to the world, specific to one generation but timeless to all in its celebration of life, death, and the choices we make (or are forced to take) to exist in this harsh world.

Toby Thelin, OffOffOnline

Watching the Flux Theatre Ensemble bring August Schulenburg’s The Lesser Seductions of History to life is like watching seasoned acrobats performing an intricate, balletic routine.

Karen Tortora-Lee, The Happiest Medium

Images from our 2011 production of The Lesser Seductions of History. All photos by Tyler G. Hicks-Wright