"Even when we reach the penultimate pinnacle, there is still more. Right? …We have to stop creating and achieving with this illusion that happiness is going to be at the other side of this job.” ~ Emily Fletcher
On a Dramatic Adventure, your focus is on the now — where you are, who you are serving, and what you are creating today, in this moment. The journey is the destination, that is where you will find reward.
"I have no idea. And that’s OK." ~ Emily Fletcher
Life, Travel, Theatre… they are each at their best and most exciting when you allow them to be the unpredictable beasts that they are. Prepare for the adventure by practicing the ART OF NOT KNOWING!
What does theatre mean to you?
On March 15th Dramatic Adventure Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Kathleen Amshoff, opened her ambitious production of Swell to rave reviews at Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival at the Living Theatre.
Swell is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Juliacks. The protagonist Emmeline Grouse lives in a small town in Vermont, in a house overlooking an abandoned cemetery where she and her sister Lucy would often play. The play Swell explores the memory-shifting and kaleidoscopic journey of grief, immersing the audience in a lush visual landscape as Emmeline confronts her fears, dreams and imagination.
"When you finally cross into the playing space, you feel like you’ve come upon something hidden, a secret world or a child’s fort!"
~ Nicole Villeneuve, Backstage
"…a black-and-white world where graphic texture trumps dialogue."
~ Andy Webster, NY Times
The performance score for Swell was developed collaboratively in rehearsal by Kathleen, Juliacks and the company. In adapting the comic, Kathleen says she built on her experiences devising plays for Dramatic Adventure Theatre’s projects in Zimbabwe and Ecuador.
“While in this process we were working from a book instead of a series of experiences, many of my techniques and tools -– giving actors assignments, improvising scenes, culling material and drafting and re-drafting -– came from my work generating DAT projects with a company.”
~ Kathleen Amshoff, Director
Other DAT alumni also contributed to the work. Katey Parker (ACTion 2009) stars as the mother and created beautifully detailed shadow puppets. J’nelle Bobb-Semple (ACTion 2010) leads applied theatre workshops around the topic of grief and in relation to the production.
For more on the making of SWELL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lanie-zipoy/from-page-to-stage-the-ma_b_1340911.html
Thursdays + Fridays at 7:30PM
Now - April 6 @ the Living Theatre (21 Clinton Street, NYC)
Tickets are available at www.womencenterstage.org
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Written just two weeks after the earthquake, Hirdwall’s Emperor Fukushima juxtaposes the story of the wife of a worker at the Fukushima power plant with the story of a Russian tourist and former worker at Chernobyl, who narrowly escaped being killed in that disaster. The play explores issues surrounding nuclear power, also drawing on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Emperor Fukushima was recently selected as one of the three best Swedish plays of 2011 and will be listed in the ETC (European Theatre Conventions) “blue yearbook” as one of the 100 best European plays of last year.
"Theater artists in Japan, centered around those living in the Tohoku region that was devastated by the great earthquake and nuclear accident, extend our hand to theater artists around the world to rebuild Tohoku and Japanese society, restoring the conditions that surround the art of theater, such as environments for creative activity, theater buildings, companies, rehearsal spaces, education and audiences. We seek to work with our international peers to demonstrate the potential of human beings and the theater to overcome adversity as well as the primordial power of expression on stage."
—Yoji Sakate, President of Japan Playwrights Association
At this Shinsai event, Tuomas Hiltunen and actress Dawn Saito, directed by Kristina Golmohammadi, will read a translation by Rochelle Wright. The reading will be accompanied by original music by Fredrik Söderberg.
World Day of Theatre for Children is on March 20th.
Share the magic of theatre with a child… it’ll be the cutest thing ever!
Pulled from the archives, a music video compiled from Dramatic Adventure Theatre’s first encounter with Ecuador!
And our love affair with Ecuador continues, growing stronger with each new experience.