Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director
Sarah Cameron Sunde, Associate Director
Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director
THE GERM PROJECT
ALICEGRACEANON by KARA LEE CORTHRON
Directed by KARA-LYNN VAENI
EVENING ALL AFTERNOON by ANNA ZIEGLER
Directed by BEATRICE TERRY
THIS IS NOT ANTIGONE by KATHRYN WALAT
Directed by PORTIA KRIEGER
GOLDOR $ MYTHICA: A HERO IS BORN by LYNN ROSEN
Directed by SHANA GOLD
June 11 through July 9, 2011
3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street (just south of Rector)
Set Nick Francone
Lights Jeannette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Marcelo Anez and Asa Wember
Video Piama Habibullah and Jared Mezzocchi
Costumes Jessica Wegener Shay
Props/Set Assoc. Rachel Schapira
House Bands Mike Ferraro & The Young Republicans and The House of Leaves
Production Stage Managers Marcie A. Friedman/AMY FRANCIS SCHOTT
Press Rep/Production Photos JIM BALDASSARE
CAROLYN BAEUMLER, MAGGIE BOFILL, JUAN JAVIER CARDENAS
JORGE CHACON, JACKIE CHUNG, MATTHEW-LEE ERLBACH, ANNA KULL
PETER LEVINE, GARRETT NEERGAARD, THOMAS PECINKA, CHARISE CASTRO SMITH, JENNY SEASTONE STERN, and DANNY WOLOHAN
THE GERM PROJECT is described as “a response to the trend in the American theater toward smaller new plays.” Part of the response was to commission four playwrights to create new works “of scope and adventure.” The germs of the project are the scenes from these would-be larger works that include the most theatrically dramatic and difficult parts, in an attempt to prove that bigger, more complex plays are, indeed, produce-able.
The result, THE GERM PROJECT, is a high-energy event featuring performers fully committed to their piece of the project. The germs are from plays that cover such subjects as an imagined world where the anonymous author of “Go Ask Alice”, Grace Slick and Alice (from Wonderland) share the stage, dangerous adolescent love, a new take on classical mythology and a Dungeons and Dragons-driven romance that sparks an event out of television’s “Wicked Attraction”, and often feature accompaniment by the house band.
Each director makes the most of the limited stage area by extending the action vertically, and the production elements for each of the four segments comes together, if not seamlessly, well enough to showcase the produce-ability of each idea. The sets are simple by necessity, forcing the focus on other elements, and here care was taken to develop costumes, sound design and lighting that enhance the performances. The transition between germs is accompanied by live action and video mini-intermissions that serve to mark time and maintain the evening as a cohesive whole.
Definitely creative, it is not so clear whether these germs would be successful as larger plays, but as snapshots, they work as a virtual tasting menu of what the company has to offer. THE GERM PROJECT represents an innovative approach to the current trends in theater, and leaves the viewer wondering what comes next, and most likely, wanting more.
- Kessa De Santis -