directed by Theodora Skipitares
La MaMa E.T.C. and Skysaver Productions present a multi-media theater production THE EXILES. The production, adapted from the Orestes/ Electra myth by Theodora Skipitares features realistic 5 foot Bunraku puppets strapped to the front of actors' bodies at the head, the chest, the waist, and the knees. Each veiled actor speaks and sings his/her lines from behind the puppet, much as an actor might have spoken his lines from behind a large Greek mask in ancient Greek theater. In this particular story of betrayal and vengeance, these puppets are an eerie construction of facade and public display, while their operators are a shadow of primal, often raw emotions and personal desires. The role of Orestes is performed by Nicky Paraiso, the winner of last year’s New York Innovative Theater Award for best supporting actor. The role of Electra is performed by Sonja Perryman, who played the title role in Skipitares’ IPHIGENIA last year. Also in the cast are: Sheila Dabney, Chris Maresca, Alissa Mello, Aneesh Sheth, and Amanda Villalobos. THE EXILES features an original music score composed by Tim Schellenbaum. The production is adapted, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares, with lighting design by Pat Dignan. The puppets are designed by Cecilia Schiller and Theodora Skipitares and the video designer is Kay Hines.
3/22/2007 at 7:30pm