Rehearsals are well underway for A Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya at Bard College. This epic production, written by Alexander Bakshi, featuring Bard students under the direction of Amy Trompetter, is fascinating and challenging in all sorts of good ways. The real stars of the show are the puppets–ranging from giant moose to a gaggle of rambunctious devils, with herds of fabric and paper mache deer and a couple of dancing bears to boot. The music is stunning and the whole process has been a wild ride from my stage managerial perspective. Looking forward to tech and opening night! Performances May 18-20 at Bard.
A little closer to home, my children’s play, The Golden Dove, will have its world premiere this spring on Governor’s Island! Rising Sun Performance Company is producing the production, with the wonderful and inventive Chris Goodrich at the helm. I caught a snippet of rehearsal a couple of days ago (I even got to help a bit with some set-building) and I’m delighted! The play is for kids and adults of all ages–free admission, short run-time, and then you’re on Governor’s Island where there are hammocks and a giant slide. In all seriousness, this play is a lovely little jewel, magical and good-hearted. At its core is the idea that everyone can, and should, do their part to make the world better, happier, and whole. If that sounds up your alley, the show opens May 5th (tomorrow!) and runs through October (!!!) on weekends and selected weekdays. Check out the calendar at the official website.