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The Anonymous Mr. W.

The Anonymous Mr. W. (2005)

The Anonymous Mr. W. (2005)

The Anonymous Mr. W
a devised work of The LIDA Project* based on Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece, Woyzeck, The LIDA Project reinterprets the story of a young soldier returning from the horrors of war. Reality bends in the unsteady world of this soldier’s mind as he grapples with a society in which he no longer belongs. Originally written in the 1830’s and never finished, Büchner left modern literature with one of its first anti-heroes. This is the portrait of an Everyman who descends into madness and murder.  The Anonymous Mr. W brings this story of war and loss with a vengeance into the post-modern dialogue.

It’s up to audiences to interpret for themselves the hula hoop, the vaudevillian routine, the dominatrix doctor, the autopsy on a ticklish cadaver with sand for blood. – The Denver Post

Production History
December 1, 2005: Mattie’s House of Mirrors :: Denver, CO
December 8, 2005: University of Colorado :: Boulder, CO
December 16 – 18, 2005: Stage Left :: Chicago, IL
December 12 – 13, 2008: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Media Coverage
“Anonymous” hits the road – The Denver Post

Company (2005)
Direction: Brian Freeland
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Costume Design: Nissa Almquist
Original Sound Composition: Paul Cure
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Projection Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble (2005)
Catherine Duquette
Jacob T. Morehead
Cole Schneider
Matthew Schultz

Company (2008)
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Direction: Miriam Eric Suzanne
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Costume Design:Julie Rada / Matthew Schultz
Original Sound Composition: Paul Cure
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Projection Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble (2008)
Julie Rada
Matthew Schultz

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* Development collaborators: Nissa Almquist, Robin Davies, Hart DeRose, Catherine Duquette, Brian Freeland, Jacob T. Morehead, Julie Rada, Cole Schneider, & Matthew Schultz.

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Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (2004)

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (2004)

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart
by Caridad Svich

Blending sex, death, fame, drugs and love into a theatrical paste, playwright Caridad Svich’s work imagines a post-modern world that has changed little from the cold calculations and moral machinations of Greek society. Blending original text with modernist twists and stories of murder and mayhem south of the border, Svich creates mesmeric motion, pummeling every sense with dance-beat and drug-tinged escapism.

“Caridad’s impressive language is full of poetry with a grounded concrete quality that reminds me of the wonderful rootedness of William Carlos Williams. In the dramatic rules of the Svich universe everything is possible.”
– Matthew Maguire,
TheatreForum


Production History

October 22 – December 3, 2004: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best Sound Design (Brian Freeland) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination
Best Costume Design (Michelle Baldwin) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination

Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Direction: Jessica Posner
Technical Director: Wolf Butler
Stage Manager: Sarah Hoover
Scenic Design: Wolf Butler
Costume Design: Michelle Baldwin
Lighting Design: Jacob M. Welch
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Projection Design: Brian Freeland
Properties Design: Steven Gibson
Live Projection Mix: Robin Davies / Brian Freeland
Live Camera: Marcus Loftin

Ensemble
Nissa Almquist: Iphigenia
Jacob Morehead: Achilles
Terry Burnsed: General Adolfo/ Fresa Girl / Virtual MC / Soldier X / General’s Ass
Lisa Mumpton: Camila/ Hermaphrodite Prince
Hart DeRose: Violeta Imperial
Matthew Korda: Newscaster / Fresa Girl / Orestes/ Virgin Puta
Matthew Schultz: Fresa Girl

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Fucking A

Fucking A (2004)

Fucking A (2004)

Fucking A
by Suzan-Lori Parks

A darkly comic Brechtian riff on The Scarlet Letter in a modern world where Hester is an abortionist and freedom is for sale, Fucking A is equal parts social commentary, vulgarity and honesty. This modern fairy tale explores the nature of love and the depths of revenge

“Ms. Parks’ vision and voice is one of the most powerful and progressively active in the American theatre today.”
– Brian Freeland

Production History
January 16 – February 21, 2004 : BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best Productions of 2004 –  The Rocky Mountain News
Best Introduction of a Major Contemporary Playwright – Westword

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Technical Director: Wolf Butler
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Lighting Design: Jacob M. Welch
Musical Director: Anne Angyal
Costume Design: Brian Freeland
Video Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble
Lisa Mumpton: Hester Smith
GerRee Hinshaw: Canary Mary
Mathew Korda: The Mayor
Petra Ulrych: The First Lady / Hester Smith Understudy
Robin Freeman: Freedom Fund / Waiting Woman 1
Josh Robinson: Monster
Dane Torbenson: Butcher
Anne Angyal: Scribe
Daniel Langhoff: First Hunter / Jailbait
Tom Salyers: Second Hunter / Guard
Brian E. Lewis: Third Hunter
Susan Perry: Waiting Woman 2
Irish Augustine: Understudy (The First Lady)
Jacob T. Morehead: Understudy (The Mayor)

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The Balcony

The Balcony (2003)

The Balcony (2003)

The Balcony
by Jean Genet, adaptation by Jean-Claude van Itallie

The LIDA Project presented Jean Genet’s The Balcony as translated by Jean-Claude van Itallie as evening of prepared theatrix rooted in fetish, orgy, illusionist magic and circus. LIDA’s production placed spectators in the center of an interactive 360- degree house of illusion.

“It’s a true image, born of a false spectacle.”
― Jean Genet,
The Balcony

Production History
September 5 – October 31, 2003: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best Experimental Theatre Production (2003) – Out Front

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Direction: Jeannene Bragg
Dramaturgy: Jennifer French
Stage Management: Hart DeRose
Lighting Design: James McElwee
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Costume Design: Gina Penka
Sound Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble
Kay Casperson: Irma
Robin Davies: Police Chief
Brian E. Lewis: The Bishop
Dane Torbenson: The General
Joseph A. Norton: The Judge
Jacob T. Morehead: Claude / Riger
Camilla Susser: The Thief / Slave / Georgette
Todd Simmonds: Executioner / Arthur
Irish Jones: The Filly / Slave
Bartlett Meeks: Old Man / The Beggar
Jadelynn Stahl: Follies Girl / Carmen
Kelley Wade /Amelia Mauro: Chantel
Todd Black: Andrew / Envoy / First Photographer
Matthew Korda: Luke / Envoy / Second Photographer
Susan Perry: Ensemble
Hart DeRose: Ensemble
Brian Freeland: Ensemble

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