This season, The Ruckus has focused our productions this year on the work of Scott T. Barsotti. In March, we joined with Tympanic Theatre to produce Scott's play Brewed. It was great! Next up is his play Facing Angela, directed by Kyra Lewandowski. To tell the story of Angela's physical transformation, we need to give five talented women new faces–and to do that, we need your help.
Angela has lost her face. Acquiring a new face alters more than skin and tissue, cutting into Angela's relationship with her husband, Wes, and mutating her sense of self. As Angela (re)constructs, (re)invents, and (re)defines her identity, Wes ceases to recognize the woman he loves, and doubts whether he really knows himself either. This (re)imagining of Barsotti's 2003 play, explored over the course of the season with the cast and company, will delve deep into how we recognize ourselves and those we go to bed with, and the collateral damage of transformative change.
Facing Angela will run at the lovely Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL. Previews begin June 27, opening night is June 29, and performances occur through July 28. Click here for more information, and here to buy tickets.
What We Need
(re)Facing Angela continues our investment in the astounding work of Scott T. Barsotti. When we began working on Facing Angela, it was a beautiful little two-person play about self-image and relationships. As we began to explore the play with Scott, however, it transformed, becoming a story of identity and intimacy. One character is now played by five women, who allow us to delve into both her physical and emotional transformations.
Our five Angelas (and her one husband, Wes), are the heart of the play, but they'll need help to complete their transformations. We've got a team of three amazing artists working together to build the masks, prosthetics, and makeup design. We need to compensate cast and designers alike for their incredible work, and beyond that, we need to set them up to succeed. Supplies for the incredible illusions they hope to create won't come cheap–and that's where you come in.
Your donations will help us to pay these amazing artists, and to provide them with the costly supplies they need to make the magic happen. It'll also go toward stage blood - we need quite a lot of that, too!
All photos by Gerard Van Halsema. Thanks, Gerard!
UPDATE: We're open! And we're Jeff recommended! Help us produce this amazing show, won't you please? We'll be ever-so grateful.
Risks and challenges
The great thing about working with remarkable artists is that they're great problem-solvers. Scott's written a complex, elegant, frightening piece of theatre, and we've got some pretty ambitious ideas for how to bring it to life. The process of creation is a complicated one, but as we experiment with the effects (face-tearing, anyone?), any road blocks we encounter will prompt new discoveries.
Beyond the creativity of the artists we work with, we've got another safety net: our people. We've a tight-knit group, and over the last four years, we've become a tight-knit, well-oiled theatre-making machine. Setbacks happen, difficulties arise, but when you've got a team ready to leap into action, anything is solvable.
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