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

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



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


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

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

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