Cosmic Orchid Announces THE VOIRE DIRE PROJECT: THE PHOTOGRAPHY CYCLE
Cosmic Orchid announces this season's cycle of their signature production: The Voire Dire Project 4.0: The Photography Cycle. Four plays created with inspiration from 4 photographic images is running at the Medicine Show Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, Floor 3rd, with a full curation of the photographers' art work.
The Voire Dire Project is an integrative project where four theatrical teams each develop a one-act play inspired by a work of art - in this cycle, a photograph. The work is developed through a process called Integrative Theatre, created and designed by Artistic Director Liz Amadio. Voir Dire, rooted in the Ancient French: 'to see, to speak (the truth)', is purposely spelled differently to distinguish it from the legal proceeding. But the goal is the same - assembling a group of people to collaborate on a search for the truth.
As actor Beth Griffith says, "I'm going places I haven't gone before..."
4 photographs/4 plays/25 Artists/1 Integrative Experience
Shattering the duality of Artistic Expression
In our case, that search is a creative truth, a spiritual truth. There is no absolute right or wrong - just a relationship. Each story is unique to that team, inspiring a magnificent tapestry of image and story. There are 25 artists represented in this project, including photographers, creative tech & production team. Of the fifteen Theatre Artists attached to the four plays, all are women.
Thursday 5/16/19 8PM
Friday 5/17/19 8PM
Saturday 5/18/19 8PM
Sunday 5/19/19 3PM
Sunday 5/19/19 4:30 Silent Auction of the 4 Art images.
Cosmic Orchid produced its inaugural cycle of The Voire Dire Project in Spring 2016, featuring work inspired by paintings. The second cycle was a revised and developed reincarnation of those plays, integrating and recasting the teams. The 2018 Conscious Glass Residency created five plays inspired by blown-glass art with performances in the Art Glass Studio. We are very excited about the work we are creating, inspired by the powerful images in this 4th cycle - The Photography Cycle. We are also grateful to be honored as recipients of a Puffin Foundation Grant, and a LIT Space Subsidy for this cycle.
Uncle John and The Men's Room by Maxine Kern
Directed by Lynn Marie Macy
With Jane Rubinsky & Susan Skosko
Inspired by Hoboken Station by Philip Seltzer
Josie Divine by Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger
Directed by Glenora Blackshire
With Beth Griffith & Glenora Blackshire
Inspired by Energy Shadow by Liz Amadio
The One & Only Amanda Palmer by Kat Mustatea
An AEA Showcase production of:
Guardian of the Field by Liz Amadio
Directed by Shellen Lubin
With Amy Fulgham* & Lori Sinclair Minor*
Inspired by Birds by Carol Martinez
*Members: Actors Equity Association
Cindi Cericola - Art Curation Advisor
Jonah Farley - Video Artist
Joe Izen - Composer
Maria Olon - Sound/Projection Tech
Jak Prince - Lighting Designer
Lindsay Shields - Stage Manager
Composer Joe Izen says, "In every photograph, there lives a rhythm."
The actors in the Guardian of the Field photo are:
Lori Sinclair Minor*
*Members Actors' Equity Association
Photo courtesy of William D. King