“…the artist is a self-critically engaged agent in particular situations, calling for reclamation of the sacred and the future in a world that seems in many ways to be dying.” – Deborah Haynes
Now in the early stages of development with Square Top Theatre. A live performance. A film. An installation. Laura is a piece about the discovery of the other and of compassion in the form of myth set in a classical five act structure. It’s about a self recognition of that discovery, a returning to compassion by someone who has already returned. The project features a new long poem by Damon Falke, filmmaking by Wes Kline, movement direction by Daniel Han, and a performance by Alexandra Kazazou.
Now at the Uncertain Hour
An intriguing new theatrical event from Square Top Theatre for live performance, online streaming, and broadcast radio written by Damon Falke. The show takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier’s memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind. The show asks: in the midst of the relentless currents of time, what can we take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost? The stories blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience. The show premiered in May 2014 at Edwards Opera House, in Edwards, NY, on North Country Public Radio, and online at NCPR.org. Now booking performances. (Click here for more info.)
Much Ado About Nothing – Gonzaga University
Rumors and romance. Deception and delight. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. It tells the story of what can happen when matters of the heart are befuddled by gossip and mistaken identity. This production follows the characters as they balance heart, mind, and expectation living on a British colonial tea estate in India. The year is 1919. It is a time and place filled with change and uncertainty. Cultures are clashing and blending. World War I has just ended, and the men are returning from battle with one thing on their minds. As Claudio says in Act I, “But now I am returned and that war thoughts have left their places vacant, in their rooms come thronging soft and delicate desires…” This hilarious and provocative battle of the sexes shows just how enduring our human capacity is for attraction and awkwardness, betrayal and forgiveness. Opens October 24, 2014, at Gonzaga’s Magnuson Theatre. (Watch the promo.)
Double Edge Theatre – Emerson College Residency – November 2014
I will travel to Boston to observe the DET residency at Emerson College to document trainings and continue conversations with Artistic Director Stacy Klein, Ensemble Leader Carlos Uriona, and others regarding DET pedagogy and actor training methodology. The goal of this project is to articulate DET’s pedagogy in writing for the benefit of the greater theatre community.
Refractions by Stephen C. Behrendt – Shechem Press
Working to coordinate and publish poet Stephen C. Behrendt’s fourth collection of poetry. The five part collection includes original woodcut prints from artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton. Available September 2014.
Double Edge Theatre – Winter Training Intensive – January 2014 (Participant)
An immersive introduction to Double Edge Theatre’s 31-year-old original training methodology layering individual and group work, rigorous physical training with improvisation, design, dramaturgy, the voice, and work with objects and flying.
SLU Adirondack Semester – Wilderness Site Specific Performance Workshops – Sept-Nov 2013 (Workshop Leader)
A series of performance workshops with students living and learning at Arcadia, the SLU yurt village in the Adirondacks, during the semester-long wilderness emersion program. An opportunity for students to discover the difference between merely seeing and really looking at nature. Students experience a deeper, more visceral sense of knowing the natural environment through the creation of individual site specific performances. The workshops explore a variety of physical theatre and journaling techniques equipping students to read and express the various textures, smells, sounds, and movements found in their particular sit-spots in the wilderness.