On a rainy Wednesday on Broad Street, there’s a “shadow play” rehearsal being conducted on a makeshift stage with taut bed sheets on wires substituting for scrims.
“The action goes like this,” says the director, New York’s Lear deBessonet, in a soft voice that manages to echo through the room. “A woman beating a child. A man beating a woman. Three people beating a cripple. A child robbing an old woman.”