Studio 42

Producer, ALISON ALBECK

Artistic Director BRADFORD LOURYK

Presents

LOVE/SAD

Written & Directed by J. bajir cannon

Following the October workshop production of ATELIER, and this past summerís first annual Starving Artists Ball, Studio 42 has returned, mounting a complete production for the world premiere of LOVE/SAD by J. Bajir Cannon.

La Tea, Clemente Soto Velez

107 Suffolk St. (bet. Rivington & Delancey Sts.)

(212) 352.3101 or TheaterMania

January 8 Ė 25, 2003

Musical Director/Scenic Design kabir green

Set & Properties Designer sarah krainin

Lighting Designer ben spatz

Sound Designer tim jones

Stage Manager mandy sayle

Publicist jackie kristel

 

Starring

steven guy, sara bremen, daria polatin

matthew stadelmann, chad goodridge

richard dibella, lareysa smith, lara wulsin

jessica weinstein, devon berkshire, paco tolson

chris kaminstein, avi glickstein

Considering that this quirky work began as J. Bajir Cannonís senior thesis while the author/director was at Wesleyan, the totality of this production of LOVE/SAD is rather impressive. Afforded this technique-rich, albeit materially bare bones incarnation, the ambitious script is well served by the Studio 42 machine.

Aside from a story that plays like a fairy tale, a la Lewis Carroll or the like, there are some quality peripheral details worth noting. There is a smattering of daring acrobatics, and some melodic singing thrown into the mix. There is mysticism and mystery, and basic questions of life and death, love and loss, and eternity versus finality. In terms of content, LOVE/SAD proposes that to pass away is merely to travel to the moon, where all earthly memories, including a sense of time, are quickly thwarted and become hazy. Remembrance can be had, if one will seek out the magic of the birds (or is it some sort of insipid sorcery?), but are living memories death even to one who has already passed on? Weighty questions, these.

Then, it does all come down to the rendering. In LOVE/SAD we meet a downed pilot and a young girl who has risked it all for the love of her prince. We meet those who had love and lost it, and those who would die for it. We meet those who never appreciated it and seek a second chance. We meet human beings in an otherworldly kind of place. Earth, Moon, Venus, Mars or wherever, the messages conveyed are pretty universal. Only the localities have changed.

So, did I like LOVE/SAD? I did. Imperfect, but promising, this play is full of the sort of youthful exuberance that keeps the imagination alive. So, keep an eye out for the author/director, J. Bajir Cannon. He dreams of magic.

- Kessa De Santis -

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