Annabel Lost combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of two orphaned refugees, Quetzal and Rhime. The narrative centers on their evolving relationship as they attempt to build lives for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework: while threats both internal and external threaten to consume them, their contrasting strengths prove grounds for both tension and mutual support.
The content and artistry of the piece are alike geared towards interweaving the real with the imaginary. Although the story takes place in another world, it touches upon Earth-relevant issues, focusing on the intersection between social, personal, and philosophical concerns. As the performers move through the narrative, they combine and recombine the more abstract elements of the piece with the concrete in order to highlight the development of central themes and relationships. Chimerical poetry, art, and choreography are interwoven with tangible characters and events in a manner that both deepens the more realistic content and provides a relatable framework for the more esoteric.
As a fledgling theatre company, we want to keep our performances free to the public. At the same time, works like Annabel Lost require an enormous amount of time, energy, and raw materials. We are hoping to be able to provide a modest stipend for our actors and production staff, as well as raise money to make the visual-art and technical elements of the show the best that they can be.
Risks and challenges
Our troupe has performed several similar pieces, most comparably A Midsummer Night's Tempest. A conflation of the faerie plots from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, this outdoor performance kicked off the Waltham Arts Council’s Concerts on the Common series in 2013. In it, we used original text from both plays to create a new story, enlivened by original music, artistic costuming, and dance choreography. In March of 2014, we came to the Democracy Center in Cambridge to perform GHOSTSHOW, an eclectic montage of original and Shakespearean dramatic scenes, held together by the motif of ghosts. Most relevant to the Annabel Lost project, it included a narrative dance piece, which wordlessly illustrated the adventures of a human ghost lost in Faerie.
We have extensive experience in managing theatrical budgets. We cut our teeth navigating the ins and outs of allocating scarce funds at Brandeis University, where we put up a number of productions of Shakespeare's plays between 2006 and 2012. Through our years of experience, we have weathered all kinds of challenges: last-minute changes of venue, building sets in 10-degree weather, stepping in to replace directors and actors within two weeks of opening night, and having sponsoring organizations back out at the last minute. We are very confident we can overcome any challenge that comes our way during this production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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