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HOT + WAX: On Being Too Big To Fail (a piece in 8 bits)

Kenny Storms in HOT + WAX: On Being Too Big To Fail (a piece in 8 bits) (2010)

 

HOT + WAX: On Being Too Big To Fail (a piece in 8 bits)
conceived and directed by Julie Rada as devised with The LIDA Project*

A live performance blend of the Icarus story from Greek mythology, the 2009 economic crisis and 1980’s 8-bit video games. Princess Toadstool figures prominently, as does the boy whose wings melted in the sun. Joe Knossos, the head of the troubled financial products division, dodges the Minotaur as meat falls from the sky. The piece is highly-interactive with opportunities for witnesses to play old-school video games and manipulate the direction of the story.

HOT+WAX = flying too close to the sun.
HOT+WAX = getting all the coins.
HOT+WAX = finance porno.
HOT+WAX = 8 bits vs. naughty bits.

Production History
September 24 – October 23, 2010: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Media Coverage
Icarus climbs corporate ladder in LIDA’s video game allegory – The Denver Post

The Company
Direction: Julie Rada
Scenic Design: Erin Ramsey
Lighting Design: Jacob M. Welch
Sound / Video Design: Ryan McRyhew
Music Composition: Ryan McRyhew / Neil Ewing
Costume Design: Annette Westerby
Properties Design: Annette Westerby
Choreography: Kelleen Shadow

Ensemble
Ploughman: Terry Burnsed
Mr. Joseph C. Knossos: Todd Webster
Daedalus: Leroy Leonard
Uncle Sam: Mike Marlow
Cellist: Eizabeth A. Nodich
Pasiphae / Your Mom: Elizabeth Parks
Icarus: Lorenzo Sariñana
Princess: Kelleen Shadow
Bull / Minotaur: Kenny Storms

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* Development collaborators: Leroy Leonard, Elizabeth Parks, Julie Rada, Lorenzo Sariñana, Matthew Schultz, Kelleen Shadow, Kenny Storms, & Annette Westerby

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Mouse In A Jar

Trina Magness (Ma) in Martyna Majok's Mouse in a Jar. (2010)

Trina Magness (Ma) in Martyna Majok’s Mouse in a Jar. (2010)

Mouse in a Jar
by Martyna Majok

We see a mother on a leash. We see the bruises. We smell the meat burn. We hear a crash, a thrash. We know the Man in Boots is coming. We know the daughter is out there. We know there is something scrounging in the shadows.Mouse in a Jar is a horror story packed full of oddities and underground life forms. This is Stockholm Syndrome. This is the impossible grace of bondage. This is subterranean punk; acts of desperation required.

Production History
April 23 – May 29, 2010 : BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best Actress in a Drama (Trina Magness), Westword
Actress in a Dramatic Role (Trina Magness) – Denver Post Ovation Award
Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Role (Kelleen Shadow) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination
Scenic Design (Nick Kargel) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination
Lighting Design (Steven J. Diedel) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination
Sound Design (Brian Freeland) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination

Media Coverage
Horror captured like a mouse in a jar, The Denver Post
LIDA presents, Mouse In A Jar, The Metropolitan
‘Mouse in a Jar’ is not horror but it’s certainly scary, The Examiner

The Company
Direction: Julie Rada
Asst. Direction: Lanie Reel
Scenic Design: Nicholas Kargel
Lighting / Projection Design: Steven J. Deidel
Associate Lighting Design: Anna R. Kaltenbach / Dan O’Neill
Video Foley Artist: Dan O’Neill
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Costume Design: Annette Westerby
Properties Design: Julie Rada
Production Run Crew: Ryan Gaddis / Jules DuMond / Kenny Storms

Ensemble
Zosia: Janna Meiring
Daga: Kelleen Shadow
Ma: Trina Magness
Boy: Lorenzo Sariñana

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Roller Skating With My Cousin

Chorus (a.k.a. The Large Hadron Collider) in Roller Skating With My Cousin. Photo: Erin Preston (2010).

Chorus (a.k.a. The Large Hadron Collider) in Roller Skating With My Cousin. Photo: Erin Preston (2010).

Roller Skating With My Cousin
a devised work of The LIDA Project*

Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin combines the mythology and archetypes of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel with the sexual revolutionary act of roller skating, while simultaneously asking whether we can all create a custom-designed universe in our kitchen sink and, furthermore, why did Ronald Reagan fail as the anti-Christ? This mash-up of themes results in a lively, dark romp in which a synchronized chorus of roller skaters builds a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

“Roller Skating With My Cousin is a musical love letter from the future, on wheels, with utter disregard for logic and linearity…let LIDA be your guide… For sensible people, the 1980s have long been thought of as a time best forgotten…Then along came the delightfully whacked-out lunatics at the LIDA Project.”
-Kurt Brighton, The Denver Post

“It’s riveting, surprising, a beautiful cross…between theater and life.”
-Juliet Wittman, Westword

Production History
January 15 – February 20, 2010: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Media Coverage
Rolling ’round the 80’s (The Denver Post)
Review: Bob Bows (Colorado Drama)
A Wheel Deal (Westword)

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland / Tonya Malik-Carson
Stage Management: Tommy Sheridan
Asst. Stage Management: Ryan Gaddis
Lighting Design: Steven J. Deidel / Anna R. Kaltenbach
Projection Design: Steven J. Deidel
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Scenic Design: Steven J. Deidel
Scenic Charge: Schuyler Burks
Costume Design: Julie Rada
Properties Design: Julie Rada


Ensemble

Ed Cord, Desiree Gagnon, Miriam Eric Suzanne, Melanie Owen, Julie Rada, Matthew Schultz, & Crystal Verdon.

Chorus
Julie Adams, Gabrielle Begeman, Vicky Cruz, Danica Dalezal, Sara Downey, Allison Hakala, Heather Rae Johnson, Jessica Kolacny, Ariel Quigley, & Stacey Spaulding.

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* Development collaborators: Ed Cord, Steven J. Deidel,  Brian Freeland, Desiree Gagnon, Tonya Malik-Carson, Miriam Eric SuzanneMelanie Owen, Julie Rada, Matthew Schultz, & Crystal Verdon.

 

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joseph k.

Dan O'Neill (Joeseph K.) & Josh Hartwell (Kafka) in joesph k. Photo: Erin Preston (2009).

Dan O’Neill (Joseph K.) & Josh Hartwell (Kafka) in joseph k. Photo: Erin Preston (2009).


joseph k.
an original work by Martin McGovern

Based on the writings of Franz Kafka, joseph k. is a journey through the beauty and paranoia of one of the greatest literary minds in Western literature.

Production History
May 22 – June 20, 2009 : BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best New Work (Martin McGovern) – Denver Post Ovation Award
Best Scenic Design (Brian Freeland) – Denver Post Ovation Award
Best Director of a Play (Brian Freeland) – Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination

Media Coverage
Review – The Denver Post
CULTURAMA: LIDA’s ‘joseph k’ throws gloomy shadows
Review – Colorado Drama

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Director: Melanie Owen
Costume Design: Julie Rada / Annette Westerby
Lighting Design: Steven J. Deidel / Anna Kaltenbach
Master Electrician: Anshuman Bhatia
Projection Design: Steven J. Deidel
Scenic Design: Brian Freeland
Sound Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble
Dan O’Neill: Joseph K
Josh Hartwell: Kafka
Brandon Kruhm: Franz
Doron Burks: Willem / Bloch
Lorenzo Sariñana: Investigator / Magistrate / Titorelli
Petra Ulrych: Frau Grubach
Elgin Kelley: Fraulein Burstner / Leni / Fraulein Montag / Urchin Girl
Julie Rada: Felice / Wife / Urchin Girl
Ken Witt: Huld
Mike Marlow: The Whipper / Ensemble
Elizabeth Parks: Ensemble

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RAIN/ of terror

rain/ of terror (2009)

RAIN/ OF TERROR (2009)

RAIN/ of terror
Adapted from Georg Büchner’s Danton’s Death by Julie Rada

During the chaos of the Revolution, a man in isolation has left the political scene to languish in sensual delights. Another man at the zenith of power clings to virtue and a hunger for conformity…the citizens are easily roused and swayed…a culture of fear infects the city with the constant threat of execution. Through the lens of LIDA’s unique aesthetic and devised through collaborative process, Georg Büchner’s classic Danton’s Death, gets a new life in this story of the inevitable triumph of humanity and its insatiable lust for life, against the backdrop of sex, violence, corruption, and bloodshed.

“It’s theater of chaos. It’s smoldering, it feels a little dangerous and it’s completely unlike any other theatrical experience you’ll get in this town.” – John Moore, The Denver Post

Production History
February 27 – March 21, 2009: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Awards
Best Lighting Design (Miriam Eric Suzanne), Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination

Media Coverage
“RAIN/ of terror”: A bloody good minireview – The Denver Post
RAIN/ of terror looks at social unrest – Life on Capitol Hill

The Company
Direction: Julie Rada
Stage Management: Frank Cason / Kenny Storms
Lighting Design: Miriam Eric Suzanne
Scenic Design: Julie Rada
Sound Design: Brian Freeland
Original Music: Carrie Beeder / James Han
Costume Design: Julie Rada
Properties Design: Julie Rada
Production Assistance: Melanie Owen / Doron Burks

Ensemble
Nathan Bock, Kestrel Burley, Ed Cord, Eve D’Agosto, Kirsten Deane, Desiree Gagnon, Brandon Kruhm, Leroy Leonard, Elizabeth Parks, Lorenzo Sariñana, Matthew Schultz, and Todd Webster

Understudy: Jose Aquila

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Pussy + 6

Pussy + 6 (2006)

Pussy + 6 (2006)

Pussy + 6
Week 4 of Suzan-Lori Parks’ work 365 Days / 365 Plays

Week four in Suzan Lori-Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days  series. Each play received full production and was performed on the evening corresponding to its date. With no fixed seating, these short plays were treated not just as performances but also as mediations and installations. Though in some cases, dialogue lasted no more than one or two minutes, audiences stayed in the space for as long as 60 minutes, engaging with the scenographic environment in and around the downtown warehouse space in which pussy +6 was performed.

The eye of God opens and the eye of God closes, and that entire play world happens on that day. The next day, an entirely new play world is born. – Bonnie Metzgar

Production History
December 4 – December 10, 2006: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO

Media Coverage
365 Days… 365 Plays – The Denver Post

Company
Direction: Julie Rada
Scenic Design: Julie Rada
Lighting Design: Jacob M. Welch
Sound Design: Paul Cure
Costume Design: Julie Rada
Properties Design: Julie Rada
Puppet/Mask Design: Sophie Nimmannit
Projection Design: Brian Freeland

Ensemble
Isaiah Arney
Jena Davis
Ashley Howard
Matthew Schultz
Karen Slack

The Works
Pussy (12/4)
House of Jones (12/5)
Blackbird (12/6)
The Carpet Cleaner on Pearl Harbor Day (12/7)
The View from Here (12/8)
The Presentation of the Grundig Majestic (12/9)
The History Lesson (12/10)

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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.