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Karyn Traut

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Recent Productions



Recent Productions


For reviews of the live production click below:

1) TheatreguideLondon

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The Realm Of Love, or Folding Laundry    Sweet Grassmarket        ****

Karyn Traut's intriguing piece of theatre is probably better characterized as a staged dialectic rather than a play. The two actors, a "He" and a "She," fold laundry and discuss different approaches to living in poetic prose that floats beyond the ear quite unlike any realist dialogue that a modern theatre-goer would be accustomed to. The characters are archetypal in that She describes living in the "Realm Of Love," a state of mind that infuses all activities and encounters which is accepting, open, and emotionally aware. He, meanwhile, is a typical cynic, closed off from his own emotions for fear of exposing old wounds, suspicious of the flowing, swaying, flower-child approach that She takes to even the mundane task of folding laundry. She eventually guides He through a tentative exploration of the Realm Of Love, and He poses very thought-provoking questions to She about the feasibility of being vulnerable and loving and "Zen" in a world that is sometimes very dangerous and hateful. She explains that one can indeed be angry in the Realm Of Love, one can be hurt and furious and saddened by the sorry state of the world, but that ultimately a person committed to living in the Realm Of Love will not have their passion for life and their potential for happiness quenched by hate. This piece was a challenge to adjust to as it did not conform to standard theatrical tropes, it even had a built-in twenty minute discussion period in which the audience was encouraged to talk to the actors and creator about the material, the rehearsal process, and their own personal reactions. This reviewer was shocked and initially horrified by the idea of having to personally engage in what is traditionally a viewing-only experience. But what is theatre for if not to challenge and surprise? This immensely rewarding, unique piece of theatre will leave one questioning the way theatre works, the way society operates, and the way life is meant to be lived. The actors give lovely, powerful performances of an intriguing text, and although almost nothing about this show meets the traditional expectations of "good" theatre, perhaps those expectations need to be reevaluated because the experience was enlivening, inspiring, and immensely thought-provoking. Hannah Friedman


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DamoWords Blog

Words and thoughts, by Damian Bullen

Posted on August 10, 2011
Lunchtime today, after hiking through another soggy city, I found myself at SWEET VENUES at the Apex Hotel on the Grassmarket. The play I was presented with is called THE REALM OF LOVE OR FOLDING LAUNDRY (5-14 / 12.20), from the American PERIHELION PRODUCTIONS, which is is something of a recurring dream come to life. Its author, Karyn Traut, had said dream one night & wrote it down, the word-seeds that would one day blossom into this extremely relaxing flower of thought. The main part is played by a cute actress (Anoo Tree Brod) in her 30′s, who defines the sovereign Realm of Love to a gentlemen ‘friend’ (Brian Westcott) as she folds & plays with her washing, at one time donning a towel like a bridal gown. It is more of a monologue than a play, with the guy helping the narrative ebb & flow. This made it possible that the two actors (she’s from North Carolina & he’s based in Alaska) could rehearse over Skype – as far as they know a world first! At the end of the show the playwright & actors sat down for a discussion, which centred on the ambiguity of the man & woman’s relationship – a deliberate device by Mrs Traut. A soothing & reflective show, with many a poetic flourish, it was like having a nice bath with bubbles listening to classic FM with a glass of Chardonnay, especially immersed in that lovely Carolina accent!


           The sweater that she loves.              

Jill Stanton
Karli Rabe
Emily Berman

those 3 have been rock stars always willing to help me with lines! :)

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The Realm of Love


Folding Laundry

a quirky comedy

Written and directed by Karyn Traut.



Anoushka Brod,

Steve Scott



Rehearsals in December for the reading at FrAnk Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

laundry1  laundry2  laundry3

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Jesus - the Teen Years

a comedy

A Perihelion Kindred Spirit Production


A comedy: Written and directed by        Julie Tomkovick

Produced by Karyn Traut.

Lighting by Andrea Sumner



P.J. Bordelon, Anoushka Brod,

Dan Cahoon, Sachi Denison,

Kim Herold, and Zach Melson



Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM

January 16, 17; 23, 24; 30, 31

At the Community Church of Chapel Hill, U. U.

106 Purefoy Road



Tickets ($15, general; $12, students and seniors) will be available at:

or may be purchased in cash at the door.

Reservations may be made at

Or by calling (919) 933-8791.


                     Julie Tomkovick; playwright & director

    See articles about the play, in the Chapel Hill News, and the News & Observer: Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.


Rehearsal Shots

  PJ       Dan-as-joseph       Zach

                                   P.J. Bordelon as Jesus the Teen             Dan Cahoon as Joseph                    Zach Melson as Judas 

  Kim     Sachi      Anoo

                                        Kim Herold as Lilith             Sachi Denison as Mary of Bethany        Anoushka Brod as Mary

About the play:

Julie Tomkovick has been working in theater for 20 years, as playwright, Beatitude and One For Our Side, as director, The Scarlet Letter and others, and as actress, The Waiting Room and others.  For twenty years also, Tomkovick has been gathering material for Jesus – The Teen Years.


“I was tired of hearing many different individuals and representatives of fervent Christian sects depicting Jesus as a man with a sword – figuratively that is --recreating him as a God of War.  This was not the Jesus I grew up knowing.”  Her Jesus was a man who was kind, who wanted people to be good to each other and was full of joy.  He turned water into wine after all.


Drawing from the recent scholarship that explores different texts of the bible that were left out of the final version, Tomkovick playfully mixes the traditional characters with some not included.  Her Jesus is named Jesus, not Joshua or Josha, as some scholars suggest his original name was before it was Romanized to Jesus.  He is blond even though the Vikings hadn’t made it to the Middle East by Zero A.D.  His mother is Mary and His father, or so He has been raised to believe, is Joseph.  He is apprenticing to Joseph as a carpenter and is not good at it, but He has a half sister by Joseph’s first wife, who died before Joseph met Mary, who is an excellent carpenter.  This sister, Lilith, Jesus will soon discover, is a lesbian.


And Judas?  He’s His best friend and would do anything for Him.  Really.  Tomkovick believes that Judas got a bad rap.  Without Judas’ eventual betrayal, Tomkovick says, the rest of the story wouldn’t have happened.  Judas’ act comes from love and courage, not cowardice.  So it was natural that Judas would have been his best friend in their teen years.


Why the teen years?  Julie’s eyes light and the laughter explodes:  “Why not?  There’s absolutely nothing known about them so who’s to say what they were or weren’t?  And it’s just so wonderful to think of Jesus as a teenager, discovering his powers and his story – I mean, your mother tells you your father is not your father and that you’re the son of God?  You’re the messiah?  Oy!”


“It was also important to me to depict a real family.  Here is Joseph, an old testament father with these new testament kids.  And the kids are challenging him all over the place and Joseph has problems with that.”


As well as a comedy, Jesus—the Teen Years is a human story.  Or maybe a half human story, complete with an inept reporter who unintentionally distorts Jesus’ words, and a drug crazed false prophet who makes more drama than sense.


For people of all faiths, and convictions Jesus—the Teen Years provides a chance to think anew about a classic story.  For those who might take offense, where none is intended, they might ask:  What would Jesus do? 


We certainly hope He would laugh.

See articles about the play, in the Chapel Hill News, and the News & Observer: Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.





                      "Cheryl Johnson"


                           "George" and "Cheryl"


"We could have lots of kids"


                "The things that he does."

Perihelion Theater presents


by Karyn Traut

with Madeline Walter, Ellen Bland and P. J. Bordelon

at Market Street Books at Arts & Letters Community Ctr.
610 Market St. in Southern Village, Chapel Hill

Tickets available at Market St. Books (919-933-5111),
or on-line at

Fri-Sat Jan 25, 26 & Thurs. - Sat. Jan 31. - Feb. 2 at 8 PM
Sundays Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. at 7 PM

General Admission $12; Seniors $10; Students $8.
Thurs. Jan. 31: ‘pay what you can’ night.

Discussions follow each performance.



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