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Eternal Now

Revealing secret longings through utterly human stories, choreographer Young Soon Kim and  WHITE WAVE Dance present  Eternal NOW. Kim, whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures, presents this expression of movement that perpetually affirms the now, in space and time, as it reveals the inner landscape of human emotion. The result is a compelling, deeply sensual work that exemplifies the remarkable versatility of its performers and the choreographic virtuosity of its maker.

\ Production History

BAM Fischer, June 2014

\ Creative Team

Created by
Young Soon Kim

Video Design
Katherine Freer

Lighting Design
Yuriy Nayer

Original Music
Marco Cappelli

The Wholehearted

Utilizing the forces of text, song and physicality, The Wholehearted dives into a narrative fraught with the violence of love, the sexuality of sports and the truth behind the stories we tell ourselves. Collaborative partners and Drama Desk nominees Deborah Stein and Suli Holum tackle the story of a fictive female boxer based on the biographies of iconic women in athletic history. Unlike any solo theatrical experience, Stein and Holum deliver a unique multimedia feast, questioning the line between personal fantasy and factual reality.

\ Production History

Center Theatre Group, Dec 2016
Z Space, September 2016
Arts Emerson, April 2014

\ Creative Team

Created by
Suli Holum and Deborah Stein

Dramaturg
P. Carl

Video Design
Katherine Freer & Dave Tennent

Lighting Design
Stephen Arnold

Sound Design
James Sugg

Scenic Design
Amy Rubin

Costume Design
Angela Harner

Assistant Video Design and Live Camera Op
Stevo Arnoczy

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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is the play that launched Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ career and is among the masterworks of the American stage. Drawn from Williams’ life, this moving play explores the illusory nature of dreams and the fragility of hope. Abandoned by the father of her children, Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for her shy and vulnerable daughter, Laura. Tom, the restless and sensitive son who narrates the story, eases his frustrations with nighttime escapes to the movies. At Amada’s urgings, Tom asks a co-worker to dinner. Can this “gentleman caller” offer any light to these bruised souls clinging to the tattered edges of lost dreams and faded hopes? A bold, new interpretation of this American classic.

\ Production History

Syracuse Stage, April 2014

\ Creative Team

Director
Tim Bond

Projection Design
Katherine Freer

Lighting Design
Dawn Chiang

Scenic Design
William Bloodgood

Sound Design
Michael Keck

Costume Design
Jessica Ford

Interior Designs

Carolyn Dorfman’s new work that finds the place where technology and art meet, to create an unforgettably human experience.

INTERIOR DESIGNS is a collaboration between Dorfman and other accomplished women artists, incorporating a commissioned score, original video projections and video mapping and integrated lighting and costume designs. In INTERIOR DESIGNS, the entire theater becomes the stage as Dorfman and her collaborators create an immersive environment that reveals the internal and external worlds of both performer and spectator.

\ Production History

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, March 2014
Kean University, August 2013
Laguardia Performing Arts Center, May 2013

\ Creative Team

Choreography
Carolyn Dorfman

Composition
Svjetlana Bukvich

Lighting Designer
Kate Ashton

Video Projection Design 
Katherine Freer 

Interactive Developer
Dave Tennent

Costume Design
Anna-Alisa Belous 

Pinkolandia

Exiled from Chile to the strange new land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters create imaginary worlds to make sense of their family’s past, as their parents try to find their own place in the American Dream. Pinkolandia is a fantastical play about growing up—because sometimes, when you lose your country, you have to make your own.

\ Production History

Two River Theater, February 22nd 2014 - March 23rd 2014

\ Creative Team 

Written By 
Andrea Thome

Directed by 
Jose Zayas

Projection Design
Alex Koch, Katherine Freer, Dave Tennent

Scenic Design
Raul Abrego

Costume Design
Asta Bennie Hostetter

Lighting Design
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

Sound Design
Jane Shaw

Love Machine

Still in development through a series of workshops, professional labs, and grants Love Machine  exemplifies a creative building process that is as integrated and relevant to the story told, as the technology. Love Machine is a combined performance and interactive installation that explores the relationship between the human tendency towards love and the technology that surrounds us. The reactive digital experience ofLove Machine is centered on VirtuLife, a fictional service that allows the user to upload their consciousness and guarantees techno immortality. The audience is challenged to consider their own participation in this program as well as experience the journey of previous users through the lens of the memories that comprise their VirtuLife profile.

The team of Love Machine seeks to explore new opportunities to use responsive and interactive technologies towards theatrical storytelling. The group responsible for Love Machine, Future Action Science Theater, is dedicated to presenting 21st century stories that are based in scientific research. From controlling the audience’s cellphone through a custom app, tracking actor and audience movements and using props to bend sound and control speaker placement, Love Machine is the next wave of storytelling that synthesizes custom programming as an essential component to immersive art.

\ Production History

3LD Art & Technology Center (Salon Series), February 2014
Incubator Arts Project, May 2013
Ars Nova (ANT Fest), Summer 2012

\ Creative Team

Director
Andrew Scoville

Interactive Development
Dave Tennent

Projection Design
Katherine Freer and Alex Koch

Scenic Designer
Gabe Evansohn

Costume Designer
Emily Peterson

Lighting Designer
Joe Cantalupo

Sound Designer
James Monaco

Fahrenheit 451

One of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, Fahrenheit 451 has been debated for decades- issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained- continue to be very real concerns today.

\ Production History

Aquila Theatre National Tour, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

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\ Creative Team

Director
Desiree Sanchez

Lighting Design
Peter Meineck

Video Design
Katherine Freer

Costume Design
Clare Amos

Around the World in 80 Days

A Fun Frolic. A Fantastic Update of the Jules Verne Classic.

To win a bet, Phileas Fogg and his acrobatic sidekick Passepartout must circle the globe and return to London inside of 80 days. Unknowingly pursued by a tireless detective convinced Fogg is a robber on the run, the fast-minded, fleet-footed pair traverse 4 continents and 3 oceans in a white-knuckled sprint. Phileas Fogg is the Victorian Action Hero. 39 characters deftly portrayed by 5 physically unparalleled actors.

\ Production History

New Theater at 45th Street, May 2013

\ Creative Team

Director
Rachel Klein

Projection Design
Kate Freer

Scenic Design 
Robert Kovach

Lighting Design
Ben Kato

Sound Design
Sean Hagerty

La Ruta

Commissioned by Working Theater in 2011, LA RUTA, by Ed Cardona, Jr., directed by Tamilla Woodard, is an immersive theatrical experience that follows the journey of several undocumented immigrants as they cross the border into the U.S. to make a better life for themselves and their family. The play is staged inside the trailer and cab of an actual 48' truck with the audience experiencing the journey alongside the characters, surrounded by the harsh reality of their environment and the poignant narrative unfolding within.

Through LA RUTA, we, at Working Theater and Magnum Foundation, hope to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented immigrants and challenge our diverse communities to consider the experience of this large, yet too often misrepresented constituency.

\ Production History

Performed in various communities throughout New York City, April 2013

\ Creative Team

Director
Tamillia Woodard

Set Design
Raul Abrego

Projection Design 
Dave Tennent & Kate Freer

Costume Design
Emily DeAngelis

Lighting Design
Lucrecia Briceno

Sound Design 
Sam Kusnetz

Stuck Elevator

Stuck Elevator tells the story of Guang, a Chinese food deliveryman struggling for freedom from debt, human smugglers, loud-mouthed coworkers, and the temptations of General Tso. Based on the true story of an undocumented immigrant who survived 81 hours in a Bronx elevator, this comic-rap-scrap-metal-music-theatre work follows Guang’s increasingly fantastic attempts to escape a 4′ by 6′ by 8′ metal box.

Stuck Elevator is a sung-through hybrid of musical theatre, opera, and solo performance born of the disparate theatrical worlds of its two authors. A scrap-metal percussionist, violinist, and cellist create a mongrel sound that reflects the shifting world in which Guang lives: part American, part Chinese, part Bronx, part shipping container, part heart, part elevator. Bowed bicycle wheels and other found metal objects evoke the ominous sounds of the elevator and apartment building. Guang sings lyrical melodies and screams metallic noise. Though one actor plays Guang throughout his solo ordeal, others drift in and out of the elevator, manifesting the characters populating Guang’s memories, dreams, and imaginings.

\ Production History

American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), April 2013

\ Creative Team

Director
Chay Yew

Projection Design
Katherine Freer

Scenic Design
Daniel Ostling

Lighting Design
Alexander V. Nichols

Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel

Costume Design
Myung Hee Cho

The Mountaintop

The Lorraine Hotel. April 1968. As Dr. King unwinds and prepares, a visit from a hotel maid raises fascinating and surprising questions. A worldwide sensation, this wondrous new play gets its Baltimore Premiere.

\ Production History

CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore), January 2013

\ Creative Team

Director 
Kwame Kwei-Armah

Projection Design 
Katherine Freer & Alex Koch

Scenic Designer 
Neil Patel

Costume Designer 
David Burdick

Lighting Designer 
Scott Zielinski

Sound Designer 
Toy DeIorior

\ Projection Team

Research Assistant
Paul Piekarz, Jenny Snyder, and Kelly Devine

Chimera

Jennifer Samuels has just discovered that she is her own twin. Welcome to the world of Chimera, a startling new piece of theatre exploring the medical phenomenon of containing two different kinds of DNA in one body. What happens when technology shatters our ideas of who we think we are?

\ Production History

Annenberg Center Philadelphia, January 2013
Swarthmore College, April 2012
HERE Arts Center (Under the Radar Festival), January 2012

\ Creative Team

Director
Suli Holum & Deborah Stein

Writer
Deborah Stein

Video Design 
Katherine Freer & Dave Tennent

Set Designer
Jeremy Wilhelm

Lighting Designer
James Clotfelter

Costume Designer
Tara Webb

Sound Designer
James Sugg

PS Jones and the Frozen City

The World as we know it is long gone. Appetite and hubris have divided the world in three.

Our hero, the diminutive and unassuming P.S. Jones, is doing what he does best, shovelling poop and daydreaming. P.S. dreams of visiting The Frozen City, a utopian world just visible beyond the forbidden Burning Waste. The only thing worse than knowing he’ll never set foot in The Frozen City is finding out that his tall, handsome, charming, (incurably vapid) brother Benjamin is about to take a real life zeppelin to the The Frozen City where he’ll be deified on account of being so pretty.

After a tearful and tight-lipped goodbye, P.S. hunkers down and gets back to work. He doesn’t know that his shovel is about to unearth something that will change his life forever, or that he’s about to go on a long and difficult journey, that it’s gonna hurt, that lessons will be learned and that he’s gonna one day set foot inside the thick glass of The Frozen City. Perhaps it’s best to know a bit more about what you’re wishing for.

What will P.S. do when the fate of all three worlds rests in his hand?

 \ Production History

The New Ohio Theatre, December 2012

\ Creative Team

Written by 
Robert Askins
Directed by 
José Zayas
Projections Design
Alex Koch & Dave Tennent 
Projections Illustrator 
Katherine Freer
Scenic Design
Jason Simms
Puppet Design
Eric Wright & The Puppet Kitchen
Costume Design
Carla Bellisio
Lighting Design
Ryan O’Gara
Sound Design
Jane Shaw & Emma Wilk

Cry For Peace: Voices From the Congo

Based on in-depth interviews, Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo brings to the stage five real people, including survivors and refugees from the recent Congolese civil war. A composition of interwoven personal narratives, powerful images and beautiful songs, Cry for Peace is a rich theatrical experience-- a searing, moving and hopeful hymn to the power of the human spirit. From the creators of the acclaimed Tales from the Salt City.

\ Production History

La Mama, October 2012
Syracuse Stage, May 2012

\ Creative Team

Director
Ping Chong

Writers
Ping Chong & Kyle Bass

Projection Design
Katherine Freer

Lighting Design
Brant Thomas Murray

John Faustus and the Overclocked Death Drive

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John Faustus was a rising star, raking it in as a bright young programmer at a multi-bazillion dollar corporation and engaged to the world's most wonderful woman. When his fiancé, Helen, dies in a tragically apropos accident, he loses his girl, his job, and, with nothing else to lose, his soul. Aided by the devil Mephistophilis, he recklessly jet-sets around the world, working like a dog and partying like a rockstar, becoming crazy rich and wildly famous along the way. In turns benevolent and cruel, he uses his new found omnipotence for both good and evil. But in the end, there's always Hell to pay, and the faster you go, the hotter it gets. 

John Faustus and the Overclocked Death Drive is a frenetic and futuristic multimedia adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. Directed by Andrew Scoville (Assistant Director, Broadway's Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Faustus joyfully exploits new technologies while exploring timeless themes of lost love, revenge, and the reasons that man is willing to sacrifice his soul. 

\ Production History

45th Street Theater, January 2011

\ Creative Team

Directed by
Andrew Scoville

Video and iPad Development
Dave Tennent & Katherine Freer

Lighting Design: 
Joe Cantalupo

Costume Design
Jesca Prudencio

Original Music and Sound Design
James Monaco