Winter One Acts: 2006
Swimming in the Gases of Jupiter by Anna Bogaard and Elizabeth Wiseman, a traditional fairy tale for modern times, the story of an ancient mermaid, marooned on land, and forced to pose as human in order to survive in the modern world. Jupiter blends a realistic style with a lyrical manipulation of time and objects to create layers of imagery while the characters weave a cohesive story line suspended in fluid magic.
Motherland by Barbara Z and Wiseman, is a re-creation story, a modern myth set in the lava fields of a steaming volcano, and chronicles the progress of a small band of innocents. With little knowledge of their true beginnings, they form a culture and belief system from scraps of memory, found objects and the influences of nature. Innocence is lost as archetypes emerge: mother, fool, teacher and devil. A chorus lifts the story into the realm of myth reflecting, and at times influencing, events in a rugged, non-dancer-ly style.
"brave adventures into the human psyche..."
The Santa Fe Reporter
"...pearl of a play...powerful acting and movement....strong emotional moments....leaving the audience with nothing less than a feeling of generosity"
The Santa Fe New Mexican
"beautiful, imaginative stage work that few but Grottesco can accomplish..."
KUNM Radio Review