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Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) – University of Iowa – Thayer Theatre

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)

Written by Caridad Svich
Directed and Video Design by Mario El Caponi Mendoza
Scenic Design by Alex Casillas
Lighting and Projection Design by Lucas Ingram
Costume Design by Angie Esposito

The Gertrude Bell Project – University of Iowa – Cosmo Catalano Acting Studio

The Gertrude Bell Project

Created and Performed by Careena Melia as a part of the Grant Wood Fellowship at University of Iowa

Gertrude Bell was one of the most powerful people in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. An avid traveler, writer, and scholar of Middle Eastern history and culture, Bell was unusual for a British woman of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born to an upper class family in Northern England, Bell helped draw and define the borders of Iraq post WWI. She was instrumental in the development of its government and coronation of the first monarch, King Faisal I in 1921. 

A prolific author of travel books and remarkably detailed personal letters, Bell left behind a treasure trove of material on which to draw artistically. The amalgamation of pictures, narrative passages, poetry, scholarly analysis, and private gossip demands a method of storytelling beyond straight dialogue. While vivid accounts of her treks through the desert are ripe for dramatization, Bell’s maps and photographs offer rich imagistic context, and her infectious zest for life and adventure inspire a thrilling and expressive vocabulary of both words, movement and imagery.

This solo show was born out of a collaboration with Ellen McLaughlin on Ajax in Iraq at The American Repertory Theatre in 2008.

The piece incorporates Bell’s letters, journal entries and photographs alongside historical texts, Iraqi poetry, music, movement, and archival WWI footage to create a collage of memories presented from Bell’s point of view at the end of her life.

As she looks back over her successes and failures she evaluates and reevaluates her involvement in the shaping Iraq, her role within the imperialist British government and whether or not her work untimately helps or hurts the tenuous political situation with her Arab friends.

More than eight decades since Bell’s death, this collaborative and multi-layered project will illuminate the life of this intriguing and intrepid woman who shaped history.

A special thanks to the University of Newcastle, UK which is home to The Gertrude Bell Archive.

http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk

Projection, Lighting, Scenic and Sound Design by Lucas Ingram

Good Kids – University of Iowa – Thayer Theatre

Good Kids

Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Alan MacVey
Scenic Design by Kevin Dudley
Lighting and Projection Design by Lucas Ingram
Assistant Projection Design by Joshua Hinden
Costume Design by Loyce Arthur

No Armisitice – University of Iowa Dance – Space Place Theatre

A Collaborative Performance Piece integrating the use of Dance, Poetry, and Musical Pieces in a Compact 45 minute Performance.  Photos by Ian Servin.

Collaborators:

Paul Duffy, Composer
Nima Hamidi, Composer
Duane Lee Holland, Choreographer
Lucas P. Ingram, Lighting Designer
Kassia Lisinksi, Poet
Kelsey Petersen, Stage Manager
Barry Sharp, Composer
Maurice Watson, Choreographer
Jonathan Wilson, Composer
with Guidance by Eleanor Goudie-Averill

Bayonets of Angst – NYMF 2014 – Ford Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre Centre

Bayonets Of Angst:
Book by Rick Kunzi & Justin Zeppa
Music by Rick Kunzi & Adam Barnosky
Lyrics by Rick Kunzi
Directed by Michael Lluberes
Scenic Design by Seth Easter
Associate Scenic Design and Technical Direction by Lucas Ingram
Lighting Design by Zach Blane
Costume Design by Candida K. Nichols