Theater: Picasso’s muse, Dora Maar, is subject of dramatic play at iDiOM Theater

The iDiOM Theater presents “Adoration of Dora,” an absurd, comic, and poetic look at the life of Dora Maar, a Surrealist photographer, artist, and a muse to Picasso. The play is written by Lojo Simon and directed by Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8, at the theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

In the play, Paris struggles against Nazi occupation, Spain implodes on itself, Fascism takes a foothold in Italy, and Dora Maar faces Picasso’s shadow, the camera, her enemies and her art as the world descends into chaos. Famous images of Picasso’s work anchor points in time and intimacy as the world swirls around the private life of the little-known artist Maar.

The performance employs projection mapping, devised movement pieces, and the powerful voice of an all-female cast: Cass Murphy, Becky Byrd, Bridget Sievers, Tera Contezac, Laura Engels and Anna Mostovetsky.

The show also features lighting design by Angela Kiser, co-founder of Bellingham’s On The Precipice Productions.

The production, which contains adult language, alcohol and tobacco use, and nudity, is for people 18 and older.

Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at door, at idiomtheater.com.

Details: 360-305-3524. See a video on “Recreating Dora Maar” on Facebook.