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

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

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



MANSON | family valUes

MANSON | family valUeS. Photo: Eric Weber (2003)

MANSON | family valUeS (2003). Photo: Eric Weber.

MANSON | family valUes
by Robin Davies & Brian Freeland as devised with The LIDA Project*

MANSON | family valUeS is based on the lives of Charles Manson and his followers during the events leading up to and following the ritual murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others during the summer of 1969. Created in the unique style of The LIDA Project, MANSON | family valUeS offers a bizarre and wickedly eerie look into ‘the Family’ that changed our definition of evil forever and spawned America’s first pop-culture media villain. Built from actual events and transcripts.

“MANSON | family valUeS” embodies the spirit of all that live theater should. It is bold, difficult and occasionally jaw-dropping.”
– John Moore,
The Denver Post

Production History
February 14 – March 22, 2003: BINDERY | space :: Denver, CO
April 18 – May 8, 2006: Camden People’s Theatre :: London, UK
May 30 – 31, 2006: The Bug Theatre:: Denver, CO
June 2,3, 9, & 10, 2006: The Vortex:: Austin, TX
June 7 – 8, 2006: Seven Stages:: Atlanta. GA

Best Theater Ensemble Work – Best of Westword, 2003

The Company
Direction: Robin Davies / Brian Freeland
Technical Director: James McElwee
Scenic Design: Jason Humphrey
Lighting Design: Anna R. Kaltenbach
Sound Design: Tyler Potts
Costume Design: Gina Penka
Video Design: Scott Kinnamon

Ensemble (2003)
Tamara Bradley, Jeannene Bragg, Jon Brown, Lindsay Gegenberg, Sarah Gibson, Jennifer Harris, Josh Hartwell, Elgin Kelley, Bartlett Meeks, Joseph A. Norton, Brandy Qualls, Jadelynn Stahl, Camilla Susser, & Guy Williams

Ensemble (2006)
Stacey Rae Allen, Nissa Almquist,Renee Morrison, Sophie Nimmannit, Julie Rada, Jadelynn Stahl, & Guy Williams


* Development collaborators: Tamara Bradley, Jeannene Bragg, Jon Brown, Sarah Gibson,‎ Anita Harkess, Jennifer Harris, Josh Hartwell, Anna R. Kaltenbach, Elgin Kelley, Joseph A. Norton, Brandy Qualls, Jadelynn Stahl, & Guy Williams


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Brian L. Upton as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2002). Photo: James Bevins

Brian L. Upton as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2002). Photo: James Bevins

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Book by John Cameron Mitchell / Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of a sad and lonely East German girly-boy turned rock diva. In this truly unique theatrical evening the audience follows Hedwig, as her halfhearted angry-inched sex change frees her from communist East Berlin and into the spotlight headlining for her gender-bent band The Angry Inch. Looking and sounding like a cross between Ziggy Stardust and Farah Fawcett, this glam rock diva takes no prisoners in a show Rolling Stone declares “The first rock musical that truly rocks.”

“My sex change operation got botched; my guardian angel fell asleep on the watch; now all I got is a Barbie doll crotch; I’ve got an angry inch!”

Production History
October 4 – November 16, 2002 : The Wave :: Denver, CO
November 22, 2002 – March 22, 2003 :The Climax Lounge :: Denver, CO

Best Rock Concert of 2002 – The Denver Post
Ovation Award Nomination – Best Musical – The Denver Post
Ovation Award Nomination – Best Actor in a Musical, Brian Upton – The Denver Post
Best Production of 2002 – The Rocky Mountain News

The Company
Direction: Chris Tabb
Musical Direction: Colin Bricker
Producers: Brian Freeland, Jen Giannini, Melanie Mayner
Production Manager: Melanie Mayner
Stage Management: Bucy
Asst. Stage Management: Jen Paulson
Lighting Design: Robin Miranda
Production Design: Brook Nichols
Projection Design: Brian Freeland
Costume Design: Gina Penka
Crew: Ginny Crawford / Joaquin Leibert

Brian L. Upton: Hedwig
Sara Mykin Casperson: Yitzak

The Angry Inch
Colin Bricker
Kit Peltzel
Marty Pullam
John Rasmussen



Alice 2.0

Kelley Wade in Alice (2001). Photo: Eric Weber

Kelley Wade (2001). Photo: Eric Weber

Alice 2.0
a devised work of The LIDA Project *
Concept, writing & script assemblage by Tami Canaday and Brian Freeland

Production History
August 9 – 13, 2002: Milagro Theatre :: New York City, NY
August 29, 2002: Denver Center for the Performing Arts :: Denver, CO

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland
Concept, writing & script assemblage: Tami Canaday / Brian Freeland
Contributing Writer: Jeannene Bragg
Sound Design: Aaron Reardon
Costume Design: Tamara Bradley / Gina Penka

Jeannene Bragg
Robin Davies
Dane Torbenson
Brandy Qualls
Kelley Wade

*Alice 2.0 is a reimagined work based on The LIDA Project’s 2001 production of Alice. Original Alice development collaborators: Anne Angel, Todd Black, Jeannene Bragg, Tami Canaday, Robin Davies, Brian Freeland, Marie Gibbons, Nils Kiehn, Jim O’Leary, Tom Puckett, Brandy Qualls, Aaron Reardon, David Riley, Kelley Wade, Carrie Wyatt, & kryssi wyckoff martin