Excerpts from our December 2012 Work-in-progress showing as part of Ripe Time's residency at The JCC in Manhattan. Adapted from Gertrude Stein. Conceived, Directed, and Written by Rachel Dickstein. Music and Lyrics by Heather Christian. Live music performed by Heather and The Arbornauts (Jon Anderson, Matt Bogdanow, Josh Myers) Acting ensemble includes Christian April Matthis (Hollow Roots/ERS), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet) and Philip Taratula (The Lily's Revenge).
Design team: Mimi Lien (set), Mark Barton (lights) Ilona Somogyi (costumes), John Sullivan (Sound) and Ben Rubin (installation.)
Co created by Rachel Dickstein and Susan Zeeman Rogers.
En route to receiving a lifetime achievement award, a woman stops by her childhood summer home and comes face to face with her past. In a garden filled with former lovers and watchful spirits, Isabel and the audience travel through dream-like “rooms” filled with her past loves and losses. In this experiential audio-visual walking tour an intimately layered score of original music, sound, and memories complements a dance driven story, with actors emerging from behind trees, in dense thickets, and in faraway meadows. Set amongst magnificent trees over 150 years old, Sylvan Wood is a dance theatre adventure buoyed by the mysteries, transformations and revelations of a woman’s life. With LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Grant Neale and Estelle Parsons.
Selected short clips from the critically acclaimed production SEPTIMUS AND CLARISSA, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, directed by and developed with Rachel Dickstein with an original score by Gina Leishman. Featuring Craig Baldwin, LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Ellen McLaughlin, Tom Nelis, Susan Pellegrino, Tommy Schrider, Miriam Silverman, and Henry Stram
Innocents (2005). Conceived and directed by Rachel Dickstein, adapted by Ms. Dickstein with Emily Morse
Lily Bart’s search for wealth, power, and independence in turn-of-the-century New York society turns tragic when she gets ensnared in a tangled web of deception, revenge and missed opportunities. Based on Edith Wharton’s classic THE HOUSE OF MIRTH and produced on the novel’s 100th anniversary.
Original Music and Sound by Katie Down. Set Design by Susan Zeeman Rogers. Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau. Costume Design by Ilona Somogyi. Dramaturgy by Emily Morse
Developed in collaboration with the ensemble: Margot Ebling, LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Grant Neale, Christopher Oden, Andy Paris, and Jill A. Samuels
“Ms. Dickstein artfully draws the audience into a mesmerizing mood piece composed of seamless vignettes . . . . . ravishing moments . . . stunning visuals . . . pure visual entertainment. . . . Dickstein is a maverick illusionist.”
- Phoebe Hoban, The New York Times
“Grand and glorious.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“Ravishing.” – Rachel Wetzsteon, The Village Voice