¡el Simio! or a contemporary retelling of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘The Hairy Ape’

Lorenzo Sariñana in The Hairy Ape (2013). Photo: Kenrick Fischer

Lorenzo Sariñana in The Hairy Ape (2013). Photo: Kenrick Fischer

¡el Simio! (or a contemporary retelling of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape)
by Eugene O’Neill with translations by Lorenzo Sariñana

A story of a simple laborer trapped in a world controlled by the rich. This classic expressionist work is re-imagined as a one-man / hyper-media performance. This new bi-lingual translation and interpretation brings to the front the issues of immigration, class structure, and industrialism. First produced in 1922, the LIDA Project modernizes O’Neill’s text to address the modern themes of alienation in a stratified world.

Production History
May 1-3, 2015: HERE Arts Center :: New York City, NY
May 10 – June 7, 2013: work | space :: Denver, CO

Best Actor in a Drama (Lorenzo Sariñana), True West Award Nomination
Best Multimedia Integration (Brian Freeland), True West Award Nomination

Media Coverage
The LIDA Project takes on barriers of class and language in O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape – Westword
My night at The Hairy Ape – Culture West

The Company (2015 Production)
Direction: Brian Freeland
Producers: Steven J. Deidel & Annette Westerby
Stage Manager / Show Control: G. Austin Allen
Scenic Design: Sky Burks
Lighting Design: 
Anshuman Bhatia & Steven J. Deidel
Sound Design: 
Alex Hawthorn & Drew Levy
Projection Design: Steven J. Deidel & Brian Freeland
Costume Design: Annette Westerby

Ensemble (2015 Production)
Yank: Lorenzo Sariñana
O’Neill: Sonia Justl

The Company (2013 Production)
Direction: Brian Freeland
Assistant Direction: Laura Lounge
Scenic Design: David Lafont
Lighting Design: Kenrick Fischer
Sound Design: Dustin Lacy
Projection Design: Brian Freeland
Property & Costume Design: Laura Lounge

Ensemble (2013 Production)
Yank: Lorenzo Sariñana
O’Neill: Hart DeRose


Prison / Street / Prison

Prison / Street / Prison (2013)

Prison / Street / Prison (2013)

Prison / Street / Prison
an original collaboration between RedLine, The LIDA Project, & The SOURCE Theatre Co.*

As part of Redline Denver’s exhibit, Not Exactly: Between home and where I find myself, The LIDA Project & SOURCE Theatre artistic directors Brian Freeland & Hugo Sayles created a first hand testimonial work giving voice to the connection between homelessness and incarceration.

Production History
June 13 – 29, 2013 : RedLine :: Denver, CO

Media Coverage
Cycles of Street to Prison address the line between homelessness and incarceration – Westword
The Art of Homelessness – Westword

The Company
Direction: Brian Freeland / Hugo Jon Sayles
Lighting Design: Kenrick Fischer
Scenic Design: David Lafont
Projection Design: Brian Freeland
Sound Design: William Burns / Max Peterson
Not Exactly Curators: Chad Kautzer / Robin Gallite

Jeff Campbell
Corin Chavez
Tim Johnson
Parnell McGee
Lorenzo Sariñana
Kenny Storms


* Development collaborators:  Jeff Campbell, Corin Chavez, Brian Freeland, Tim Johnson, Parnell McGee, Lorenzo Sariñana, Hugo Jon Sayles, & Kenny Storms