what we've done:


things from before

A man is visited by the musings and ghosts of his past in the ensemble's inaugural work, from which they've taken their name. things from before was originally performed at CalArts in May 2012, and was then re-staged in May 2014 to be presented with the other works in the tfb series (things from before, march of burnham wood, 811 miles, the intruder, i don't know any of these people.)

 

Created and Directed by: Alexander Demers

Musical Direction by: Ryan Parrish ('12), Andreas Levisianos ('14)

Puppets by: Cody Braudt

Technical Direction by: Nathan Lemoine

Ensemble: Michael Bates, Rachael Caselli, Claire Larsen ('14), Nathan Lemoine ('12), Ryan Masson ('14),  Aeriel Ventrano ('12)

A segment of the original ('12) performance at CalArts, video by Cody Braudt


march of birnam wood

march of birnam wood takes it's inspiration from act 5 scene 6 of Shakespeare's MacBeth, and is an extrapolation of the instant in which the panicked King is alerted that indeed, a wooded grove seems to make it's way toward Dunsinane.

Originally created in October 2012 for the The Speakeasy Society's Suffering Fools, a large scale MacBeth-themed installation at the Moose Lodge in Glendale, CA, March was then re-staged in May 2014 at CalArts.

Created and Directed by: Alexander Demers

Creative Consultant: Cody Braudt

Musical Direction by: Andreas Levisianos

Performed by: Alexander Demers and Sarah Shoemaker


811 miles

Performed in, on, and around an immobile 1968 Rambler American parked in the middle of a field, 811 miles features an ensemble of 7 actors and 8 musicians. Drawing on some assembled texts, including Buchner's Woyzeck, a good deal of rock and roll, and a deep pour of Budweiser, 811 miles premiered as part of the CalArts New Works Festival in May 2013 and was re-staged the following year.

Created and Directed by: Alexander Demers

Musical Direction by: Yunus Iyriboz ('13), Andreas Levisionas ('14)

Cast:

Michael Bates - The Dish

Rachael Caselli - Momo/ Marie

Maggie Corona-Goldstein - Xmas

James Cowan - The Drink/ The Captain

Pete Laughlin - Wedge Antilles/ Woyzeck

Anatoliy Ogay - The Foreigner

Sarah Shoemaker - Snacks

A portion of the original (2013) performance at CalArts, video by Tatyana Kim.


 

the intruder

An adaptation of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck's (1862-1949) second play, originally produced in 1891.

things from before first performed their adaptation at CalArts in December 2013. It was re-staged in May 2014 during a collected works in series performance, also at CalArts. The Intruder will travel to Scotland in August 2014 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (click on NOW for more information and below for tickets) for it's European premier.

 

Adapted and Directed by: Alexander Demers

Score Composed by: Andreas Levisianos

Additional Choreography by: Rachael Caselli

Stage Management by: Maddie Lederer

Cast:

Rachael Caselli - Genevieve

Evangeline Crittenden - Ursula

Chuja Seo - Gertrude

Pete Laughlin ('14) - The Grandfather

Anatoliy Ogay ('13) - The Grandfather

Sam Sasson - The Uncle

Jacob Gibson - The Father

Michael Bates - The Servant / The Doctor

Emma Bobrova - The Sister of Mercy / The Nurse

*This video of the 2013 production includes a performance of The Card Etude featuring Pete Laughlin that did not appear in subsequent performances of the adaptation, but was included in i don't know any of these people in May 2014. Video by Tatyana Kim.


i don't know any of these people

The final piece (to date) of the tfb series, i don't know any of these people was performed as part of the CalArts New Works Festival in May 2014. A largely autobiographical work, idkatp features a large ensemble of performers who work (in most cases) individually to create a mysterious but permeable environment for an exploring audience.

 

Created and Directed by: Alexander Demers

Musical Direction by: Andreas Levisianos

Dance Choreography by: Yanina Orellana and Rebecca Gual

Stage Management by: Nina Scibelli and Maddie Lederer

Production Assistant: Dagger Salazar

Ensemble: Michael Bates, Emma Bobrova, Rachael Caselli, Evangeline Crittenden, Maggie Corona-Goldstein, James Cowan, Alexander Demers, Jacob Gibson, Claire Larsen, Ryan Masson, Anatoliy Ogay, Sam Sasson, Sarah Shoemaker, Chuja Seo

Dancers: Kiana Heber, Whitney Jackson, Wallis Nersesian, Hanna Petersen, Alexandria Saleem, Alexis Shimko


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