Carl Jung, Joan of Arc, and the Holy Trinity gather round a vanity table to debate religion and gender and sexual identity while putting on a whole lot of makeup.
In this interdisciplinary solo performance of storytelling, movement, projections from appropriated pages of an illuminated Christian Book of Hours, and costume-and-makeup transformations, Ryan Conarro invites audiences into memories of of loss, discovery, and child-like play. SAINTS OF FAILURE reveals and interrogates the layers of identity that create us, focusing on the frictions inherent in experiences of growing up gay and Catholic.
SAINTS is a project in ongoing development.
Makeup designer and coach: Risha Rox
Sound designer: David Liccardi
Voiceover: Madeleine Maby
Stage manager & project development: Brooke Salyer
Lighting designer (Gainesville Theatre Alliance): James Thomas
First created in residency at Goddard College Interdisciplinary Arts Program, and presented at Fort Worden State Park Pitkin Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington. 2015.
Development residency at Gainesville Theatre Alliance Guest Artist Program, Gainesville, GA: Fall 2016.
Presentation and Artist Talk at Claflin University’s Arts & Letters Annual Bash, Orangeburg, SC: April 2017.