The Price of Salt

Fresno Workshop 2016

 

A live theater/film event exploring home, development and displacement in San Francisco and Kampala.

 

Created by: Waypoints Ensemble

 

Photo: Lizzy Brooks

Maria Kizito

2014 

 

A meditation on the prayer life of Benedictine nuns who aided in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

 

Playwright: Erik Ehn

Director: Emily Mendelsohn

Scenic Designer: Jeffrey Becker

Venue: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

 

Resources:

Kampala Int’l Theater Festival
Conversations around Maria Kizito
ArtSpot Productions

 

Photos: Lizzy Brooks

Cooking Oil

2013

 

A village conjures the story of a murdered teenage girl who was caught up in a corrupt aid scheme.

 

Playwright: Deborah Asiimwe

Director: Emily Mendelsohn

 

Resources:

Dialogue around Cooking Oil

 

Photos: Rachel Park

New Faces of America

2013

 

A touring one-person show designed to introduce youth to issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, PTSD, and autism. Audience sizes ranged from 200-400 teenagers.

 

Writer/Director: Colin Cox

 

Photos: Colin Cox

Lorca In A Green Dress

2012

 

A surrealist drama in which Federico García Lorca, who was murdered at the hands of Spanish fascists, explores life and death from purgatory.

 

Playwright: Nilo Cruz

Director: Jennifer Sage Holmes

Venue: Casa 0101; Los Angeles, CA

 

Resources:

About Lorca

 

Photos: Casa 0101

Equus

2011

 

A play telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses.

 

Playwright: Peter Shaffer

Director: Madeleine Dahm

Venue: Morgan-Wixson Theatre; Los Angeles, CA

 

Photos: Madeleine Dahm

The Less We Talk

2009

 

“An exploration of choral singing that combines singing with the awkward moments between songs in which the members of the choir try desperately to prolong the harmony so easily won in song.”

 

Writer/Director: Alec Duffy

Scenic Design: Mimi Lien

Venue: Ontological-Hysteric; New York, NY

 

Photo: Alec Duffy

Elegy for a Vacant Lot

2009

 

A positioning at the intersection of movement score, real-time sport, jazz, poetry, and the fluidity of roles.

 

Director: Judith M. Smith

Venue: Ontological-Hysteric; New York, NY

 

Photos: Judith M. Smith

Second Empire

2009

 

An imagining of the incarnations of life that took place in a still-existing 100 year old building in lower Manhattan.

 

Creators/Performers: Loren Fenton; Alistair Schneider; Louiza Collins; Nikki Calonge; Nick Bruder

 

Venue: Theater for a New City; New York, NY

 

Camera: Alistair Schneider

Floating Brothel

2007-2009

 

Adapted from historical accounts, we follow the harrowing sea voyage of three female prisoners from London to the penal colony that later became Australia.

 

Creators/Performers: Megan CampisiKevin Lapin, Liz VaccoMax Dana, Kyle Davies, Ben Vershbow, Loren Fenton

 

Selected Venues:

Here Arts Center; New York, NY

North American Cultural Laboratory; Highland Lake, NY

Asia Contemporary Theater Festival; Shanghai, China

 

Photos: Gregory Vershbow

365 Days/365 Plays

2007

 

An initiative of radical inclusion, theater artists around the country performed Suzan-Lori Parks’ short plays everyday for a year for free. We made the Week 38 plays.

 

Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks

Directors: Chi-wang YangMira KingsleyLinsay Firman

Venue: The Public Theater; New York, NY

Skriker

2007

 

The story of a fairy that shape-shifts into modern-day objects and people to manipulate and entrap two teen mothers.

 

Playwright: Caryl Churchill

Director: Linsay Firman

Venue: CalArts; Valencia, CA

What to Wear

2006

 

“A pageant of seductiveness gone wrong. As everyone on stage turns less and less beautiful, something more ecstatic than beauty slowly reveals itself.”

 

Playwright/Director: Richard Foreman

Composer: Michael Gordon

Producer: Center for New Performance

Venue: REDCAT; Los Angeles, CA

Woyzeck

2006

 

The fragments of an incomplete play by Büchner, it explores the effects of doctors and the military on a young man’s life.

 

Playwright: Georg Büchner

Director: Chi-wang Yang

Venue: CalArts; Valencia, CA

Tanya Tanya

2005

 

A contemporary Russian play about shifting loves and loyalties set in the politically chaotic times after the fall of the Soviet Union.

 

Playwright: Olga Mukhina

Choreographer/Director: Mira Kingsley

Venue: CalArts; Valencia, CA