Wilder's 1942 absurd comedy about the end of the world was wonderfully topical in 2017. The family of man threatened by an ice age, a great flood, famine, extinction, another war, and yes, a new president really connected to our audience. It's a challenging play mixing times, places, historical, biblical, and allegorical people and events, plus it's a play within a play. On the day of our opening, the NY Times published an article on the appropriateness of this work at this time; it also stated repeatedly how challenging of a piece it is. ("It's a hard, hard, hard, hard show." - Bartlett Sher) I concur.
My vision included video-projected scenery. This allowed me to keep the first act firmly in the `40's, with its dated sense of traditional gender roles and values, while giving it a modern lens. The scenery aided the needs of the 3-act play while adding to the absurd layers of this wonderful play. It also supported the acting style, which swung from very natural to high comedy to melodramatic at a moment's notice. Scenic animation (panning, zooming in/out, animated elements) added visual excitement. Bold work from all.
This production was accepted to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III.
Additionally, I was awarded a National Directing award for Distinguished Achievement by the KCACTF.
"There’s a real stylishness about it that reaches way beyond a decent script" - Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
"...a thoroughly enjoyable show with lots of pleasantly strange things going on around the edges." - Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
Scenic/Projection Design* - Stephen Hudson-Mairet, Costume Design - Connie Petersen, Lighting Design - Chester Loefler-Bell, Sound Design - Linda Pozen. [*Projection Assistants - Julie Ahlgrim, Katie Hauger, Mark Gotthelf.] Photos: Emily Dever