National Asian American Theatre Co., Inc. (NAATCO)

Artistic/Producing Director, Mia Katigbak

Executive Director, Shelley Troupe

Fluid Motion Theater & Film, Inc.

Artistic Directors/Founders, Christine Simpson & Jovinna Chan

Producing Director, Michelle Chen

Present

 

TALES OF UNREST: JOSEPH CONRAD ON STAGE

Two one-act adapted from Joseph Conrad’s Short Stories

 

ARSAT, Adapted from "The Lagoon"

Presented by Fluid Motion

Directed by Christine Simpson

ONE DAY MORE, Adapted from "To-Morrow"

Presented by NAATCO

Directed by Jonathan bank

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center (Baruch College), 150 E. 25 St., , October 3 – 18, 2003

 

Sets SARAH LAMBERT

Lighting STEPHEN PETRILLI

Costumes ELLY VAN HORNE

Sound DAVE MORREALE

Stage Manager KAREN HERGESHEIMER

Choreography (ARSAT) MICHAEL JEROME JOHNSON

Percussion (ARSAT) JOHN KO, WYNN YAMAMI

Press SAM RUDY MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Cast

 

ARSAT

Arsat – Jojo Gonzalez

Tuan – Kevin Bartlett

Brother – Tim Kang

Diamelen – Lydia Gaston

 

ONE DAY MORE

Carvil – Mel Duane Gionson

Bessie – Maile Holck

Capt. Hagberd – Jojo Gonzalez

Harry – Robert Wu

 

Maile Holck, Robert Wu.  Photo: Ching Gonzalez.

In a joint production helmed by NAATCO and Fluid Motion Theater & Film, two of Joseph Conrad’s short stories have been adapted as one-act plays in one neat package called TALES OF UNREST. Truly plays that live up to the title, these two works are unsettling in the most basic of ways.

Without flourish, without any unneeded words, and without fancy sets, these two very stark plays are dramatically real, finding poignancy in the everyday details of life. In ARSAT love, obligation and loss rule the action. In ONE DAY MORE there is more love, obligation and loss, but depicted in a very different way. While the former is more traditional, quiet and lyrical, and the latter more modern and dreamy, both are plays of introspection, and are staged as such.

The casts are on point with the mood, ranging from dark to desperate to hopeless. ARSAT tells the tale of a warrior, a woman, and family loyalty. It also deals with social conflicts, death, the haunting past, and the uncertain future. ONE DAY MORE presents behavioral contrasts and generational conflicts. One child has abandoned a father to make a way for himself in the world. One child has given up her life to care for her ailing, overbearing father. When these two grown children meet, sparks fly, if fleetingly. Only Jojo Gonzalez, who appears in both plays (as the warrior first, the abandoned father second), gets to exhibit the range of his talents, but all of the performances are satisfactory.

Not a light-hearted romp by any means, TALES OF UNREST is a subtler, darker program drawn from strong source material. Different and moody, but definitely deserving of an audience, these two adaptations may be of particular interest to Conrad readers.

- Kessa De Santis -

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