Creative Research: On Fairytales and Madness

Over the course of the Margolis Method Conservatory Program, I had the opportunity to delve into some creative research with the artists present. I was interested in themes of madness, paranoia, delusion, and escapism, and chose to garner text from Alice in WonderlandPeter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz (all stories involving an escape to a magical world) as well as quotes and text by writers like Anais Nin and Sylvia Plath. We explored various physical and dramatic limitations to create different ensemble relationships of unity, disconnection, and isolation. Here are a few snaps of some of the images and scenes we created. Huge thanks to the actors that participated for their generosity and creativity!

Pictures: Elisenda Bassas, Anna DeMers, Angela Kiser, Jackie McCoy

Overtime: Men at Work at Schenectady, NY

Well we closed Overtime: Men at Work to amazing response and multiple full houses. The cast and crew were phenomenal and I couldn’t be prouder. Here are some images from the piece:

Overtime: Men at Work Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017
SCCC Presents
The Unnerving Office Adventures of Three Hapless Pencil Pushers

Overtime: Men At Work opens April 27th and runs through the 29th and May 4th & 5th at Proctor’s Theatre (In the “Underground”). Conceived and Directed by Jonathan Beller and Jarod Hanson and created through a collaborative workshopped process, Overtime: Men At Work is a corporate rollercoaster ride through the typical office cubicle, where every looming deadline seems to come quicker than the one before.

Three desperate desk workers struggle to meet the demands of the office space rat race. Can they climb the corporate ladder, or will they lose their footing and slip, rung by rung, to the depths of depravity? Navigating their way through the monotony of the workday, these everymen face stark questions about their goals, motivations, scruples, and camaraderie.

Overtime: Men At Work explores issues relating to workplace gender roles and capitalist exploitation, and themes of thwarted ambition, individuality, disillusionment, and the American Dream-Turned-Nightmare. It’s a surreal romp with familiar iconography, quirky comedy, and the troubling undercurrent of the struggles of the working everyman.

Dates: April 27-29; May 4 & 5
Times: All shows 8pm (1 hr running time)
Location: Proctor’s Theatre in the “Underground”
Tickets should be reserved by calling 518-346-6204

HEADSHOT! Project at Millikin University

I’m incredibly proud to have spent the month of September as Assistant Director for MIllikin University’s production of HEADSHOT!. The MB ADAPTORS Company spent a solid six weeks developing the show as part of a creative residency, and the students and faculty were incredible in the support and generosity of spirit. The show has had many iterations with smaller and larger casts, and this iteration inspired us to add entirely new groups of characters to the mix. A manic emcee strung out on Hollywood glamour makes her appearance throughout the show alongside spirits of the fame factory and the omnipresent  “mission control” stage management band armed with musical instruments. Existing material was expanded and redeveloped, and many new images and scenes were crafted with the collaboration of the Millikin artists themselves. The experience was tremendously fulfilling and I’m so grateful to Kari Margolis, Tony Brown, MB ADAPTORS Company, and of course Millikin University for making this phenomenal experience possible.