World Wide Lab: A Directors' Feast
Two Is Company - Program A
Through a series of separate yet connected 30-minute stories, the inner and outer life of a Woman is explored.
Over centuries of storytelling, a woman’s role in society has changed – yet some judgments, anticipations and expectations stay the same: courtship, marriage and family life are prizes to pursue, but can become constraining when achieved.
From an immigrant story where an arranged marriage may be a passport to freedom, to the aftermath of a wedding where a ‘celebration of two’ is drowned out by the many guests, to a wife finding solace after facing a loss – these pieces will explore the rites and rituals involved when people come together, and things fall apart.
The pieces will be based on or inspired by:
"Waxing West" by Saviana Stanescu
Directed by Vidhu Singh and Laura Caparrotti
Featuring WWL Director Laura Caparrotti
"Wedding" an adaptation inspired by Brecht
Directed by Orly Noa Rabinyan and Evan Tsitsias
Featuring WWL Director Laura Caparrotti
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
Directed by Laura Tesman, Orly Noa Rabinyan and Jocelyn Yuchia Chang
Alone in the Crowd - Program B
A theatrical study of community and the individual’s place within it.
Two newly-devised projects will look at how small moments create the tapestry of our lives, giving us a place and a purpose within the communities that surround us.
Each day, we spill into the crowd with our daily commutes and moment-by-moment communications, only to return to moments of silence and individuality by day’s end.
Are the moments we are alone necessarily defined by loneliness?
How do the people we encounter influence us as individuals?
In what ways are we all shaped by the noises and rhythms of our surrounding world?
Included are the following projects – written, or devised:
"Agamemnon" by Aeschylus
Directed by Ioli Andreadi and Jay Stern; adapted by M. Sweeney Lawless
featuring WWL Director Annie G. Levy
"Interrupted" – A Devised Piece
Directed by Evan Tsitsias, Jocelyn Yuchia Chang and Chang Nai Wen
"Last Request" inspired by Franz Xaver Kroetz's Wunschkonzert
Directed by Chang Nai Wen, Annie G. Levy and Vidhu Singh
Joint Artistic Directors for World Wide Lab 2013 are Evan T. Cummings and Ioli Andreadi.
WorldWideLab is a truly international collective, with members who are creating dynamic, diverse and engaging work in every corner of the globe.
First coming together as members of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in the Summer of 2010, we desired to continue collaborating with each other in a way that would draw on the best elements of our Lab experience.
While the role of Director can often be insular, we were inspired by the opportunity to share our techniques, our ideas, our stories – all of which are deeply rooted in the places we come from and the experiences we’ve had.
Our geographic and cultural diversity serves as our inspiration for WorldWideLab: A Directors Festival.
The work we present will be possible through an openness to learn from, and share with, our collaborators.
Through theatre, borders can become inconsequential.
Our mission is to share stories from far and near with audiences all around the world. Learn More
Laura Tesman is a participant in the Global Connections–IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.
This is an Irondale supported production.
The WWL 2013 Acting Company:
Ilaria Ambrogi, Francesco Andolfi, Julie Berndt*, Giulia Bisinella, Carlotta Brentan, Laura Caparrotti, Esther Chen, Lenny Ciotti, Magdalyn Donnelly, Joseph Franchini*, Amanda Holston, Annie G. Levy, Tracy Michailidis*, Noga Milsten, Jacopo Rampini, Aparna Sindhoor, Jenny Tibbels-Jordan, Craig Wichman*
* denotes actor appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Wednesday, September 4 | 7:30 Two Is Company
Thursday, September 5 | 7:30 Alone in the Crowd
Friday, September 6 | 7:00 Two Is Company and 9:30 Alone in the Crowd
Saturday September 7 | 4:00 Two Is Company and 7:30 Alone in the Crowd