YEAR 5 FINALE
A WORLD PREMIERE BY GEORGE BRANT
INSPIRED BY THE LIFE, DEATH + PHOTOGRAPHY OF FRANCESCA WOODMAN
PLAYING JULY 27 - AUGUST 16, 2018 AT THE MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
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A figure in the wall paper. A floating door. A bowl of eels. Wings.
These and other images have been left behind in the haunting, black and white photography of Francesca Woodman, a prolific prodigy who died by suicide in 1981 at the age of 22.
Decades later, her work, her life, and her death captured the imagination of Playwright George Brant, author of Dark Room. In the play, eleven scenes unfold, each inspired by a different photograph from Woodman's canon. A single, silent protagonist -- a simple girl in a polka dot dress -- navigates the journey.
At once humorous, dark, eerie, and poetic, Dark Room will play this summer in the stunning Multicultural Arts Center. Please join us for an unforgettable theatrical event.
Playwright ..... George Brant
Director ..... Olivia D'Ambrosio
Associate Director + Dramaturg ..... Alexander Platt
Movement ..... Shura Baryshnikov + Danielle Davidson, Doppelgänger Dance Collective (Photo Below)
Scenic Design ..... Ryan Bates
Costume Design ..... Chelsea Kerl
Lighting Design ..... Stephen Petrilli
Sound Design ..... Elizabeth Cahill
Properties ..... Esme Allen
Cast In Order of Appearance (Photos Below)
Jenna Pollack as the Girl in the Polka Dot Dress; Lourdes Martinez, Julie Nelson*, Jennifer Rohn*, Elaine Vaan Hogue, Liz Adams, Jade Wheeler*, Celeste Oliva*, Laura Payne, Sara Burd, Meghan Leathers*, Cheryl McMahon*, Deniz Khateri, Meredith Gosselin*, Megan Hornblower, Cailin Doran, Kelly Chick, Anya Edwards, Siobhan Carroll, Korinne Ritchey, Vijaya Sundaram, Gillian Mariner Gordon*
Production Stage Manager ..... Dominique D. Burford*
Assistant Stage Manager ..... Arkansas Light*
Associate Producer ..... John Tracey
Production Manager ..... Ryan McDonald
Assistant to the Associate Producer ..... Stephen Strenio
Assistant Director ..... Caley Chase
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
As the focus of our fifth year -- and first in residence at the Multicultural Arts Center -- we held five developmental workshops, each three days in length, to explore Dark Room. We looked specifically at scene study, movement, design elements, and even enjoyed a visit from George Brant himself. Each workshop culminated with a public viewing, where we shared our process with audience members, and also took in their feedback. Think of the whole process like "research and development" for the theatre. Below, check out some of our favorite workshop photos.
Notes From Liv
I went to school for acting, but have a strong background in athletics, and often contemplate the similarities between sports and live performance.