Sontag: Reborn

Sontag: Reborn

Based on the books by Susan Sontag and edited by David Rieff
Adapter and Performer Moe Angelos
Direction Marianne Weems
Produced in collaboration with The Builders Association

May 28, 2013—June 30, 2013

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Adapted from Susan Sontag’s early journals by performer Moe Angelos, Sontag: Reborn traces Sontag’s private life from the age of 14 to her emergence as a world-renowned author and activist. The young Sontag wrestles with her emerging sexuality and precocious intelligence, fraught with doubt and insecurity yet driven by her willfulness, ambition and voracious curiosity. The refuge of her diary became integral to her development as a writer,  Sontag says herself, “In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person. I create myself. Directed by Marianne Weems and using The Builders Association's signature synthesis of poetic video and sound, this tightly-crafted story of self-discovery and sexual identity is both exuberant and intimate, exploring the private life, loves and idiosyncrasies of the iconic intellectual.

Video Design Austin Switser
Scenic Design Joshua Higgason
Costume Design Andreea Mincic
Lighting Design Laura Mroczkowski
Sound Design Dan Dobson
Makeup Design Dick Page
Stage Manager Lindsey Turteltaub

Belleville

Belleville

Text Amy Herzog
Direction Anne Kauffman

February 12, 2013—March 31, 2013

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Heralded by the New York Times as "thrillingly good," Belleville, the newest drama from acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog (4000 Miles, After the Revolution) and director Anne Kauffman (Detroit, This Wide Night), is a chilling, Hitchcockian, look at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic. Of its 2011 premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote, Belleville "confirms [Herzog's] reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater." Abby and Zack - young, American and married - have abandoned the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the states for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural neighborhood in Paris. In an attempt to build a life together away from family and friends, their passive-aggressive and aggressively passionate relationship is put to test after an awkward afternoon discovery, a landlord's ultimatum and a cracked toenail.

Scenic Design Julia C. Lee
Costume Design Mark Nagle
Lightning Design Ben Stanton
Original Composition and Sound Design Robert Kaplowitz
Fight Coordination Jeff Barry
Vocal Coach Deb Hecht
Stage Manager Terri K. Kohler

with Pascale Armand, Phillip James Brannon, Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller

A Civil War Christmas

A Civil War Christmas

Text Paula Vogel
Direction Tina Landau

November 15, 2012—December 30, 2012

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864. Through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters – from the President’s wife to runaway slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman – we learn that, for all their differences, one thing is clear: the yearning for peace cuts across religious and class divisions, color lines and, of course, the Mason-Dixon Line. At once familiar and freshly re-imagined, the story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity. Vividly staged by director Tina Landau and infused throughout with traditional carols and period music, A Civil War Christmas takes a sprawling new look at the seemingly intractable challenges we once faced to see how far we’ve come as a nation and how far we still have to go.

Musical Arrangement Daryl Waters
Musical Direction Andrew Resnick
Scenic Design James Schuette
Costume Design Toni-Leslie James
Lightning Design Scott Zielinski
Sound Design Jill BC Du Boff
Stage Manager Lori Lundquist

with Sumaya Boulhbal, Jonathan David, K. Todd Freeman, Amber Iman, Karen Kandel, Sean Allan Krill, Chris Henry, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Antwayn Hopper, Alice Ripley and Bob Stillman

Red Dog Howls

Red Dog Howls

Text Alexander Dinelaris
Direction Ken Rus Schmoll

September 5, 2012—October 14, 2012

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A box of old letters and a father’s dying wish lead Michael Kiriakos to dig up the buried secrets of his family history. After a series of mysterious encounters with Rose, a captivating elderly Armenian woman, Michael eventually uncovers a past he never knew existed - one of exile, sacrifice and ultimately redemption. Written by Alexander Dinelaris (Still Life) and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, Red Dog Howls explores the horror of a forgotten genocide, the enduring strength of the human spirit and how the choices we make for our children will – for better or worse – reverberate for generations to come.

Scenic Design Marsha Ginsberg
Costume Design David C. Woolard
Lightning Design Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design Jane Shaw
Speech/Vocal Ginger Eckert
Fight Coordination Scott Barrow
Stage Manager Megan Smith

with Kathleen Chalfant, Florencia Lozano, Alfredo Narciso