This is the sold-out house that greeted the world premiere of Sheherezade 14, the short play festival that includes my own world premiere, The Duck:
Surprisingly decent shot for an iPhone 4, given the lighting. Set up for the first play, that stage had to serve as the backdrop for 8 different worlds, including 6 rooms. In order from beginning to end:
- Dissonance (playwright: Terry Anderson): an absurd Dadaist, Pirandellian landscape.
- Almost Like Being Alive (Steve Koppman): a coffee shop.
- The Interview (Madeline Puccioni): a bar.
- Photo Dynamic Therapy (Jennifer Lynne Roberts): a bedroom.
- Reframing Rockwell (Jim Norrena): Norman Rockwell’s studio.
- The Box (Madeleine Butler): a museum storage room.
- The Duck (yours truly): Hope Judith Hauser’s front yard.
- Brew, Drink, Repeat (Bridgette Dutta Portman): A coffee shop that exists outside the space/time continuum.
One stage, one room, eight worlds. I think Shakespeare had it backwards.
Anyway, we had a great opening night; full house, actors in top form. When it works, theater is quite the universe.
Vonn Scott Bair