Monday, November 8, 2010

Bang Bang You're Dead, visually & conceptually striking Fall Play opens at D-E

Poster artwork/ design by Hanna Lefcourt 12'

In this post you will see artwork from the upcoming theatrical performance of 'Bang-Bang You're Dead,' the fall production at Dwight-Englewood opening up this Weds, Thurs, and Friday at 7pm in Haijar Auditorium.  The artwork for the poster below as well as for the scenes/ digital backdrop is all original work by Hanna Lefcourt D-E Class of 2012.  Below is an interview with Hannah conducted this afternoon in the Swartley Gallery with Hannah about that collaborative work with Ms. Moriarty, D-E Theater Faculty and Director, as well as stage managers, crew, actors and fellow artists.  Enjoy,

In keeping with a commitment to producing thought-provoking live theater, the D-E Upper School Performing Arts Department will produce the powerful play "Bang Bang You're Dead!" by critically-acclaimed playwright William Mastrosimone. The play will be performed Wednesday, November 10 through Friday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium on the school campus.

Written in 1999 in the wake of four school shootings, the play is meant to raise awareness of school violence and its causes. The plot focuses on Josh, a high school student who murders his parents and five classmates. It is strongly based on the events surrounding the real life story of Kip Kinkel, who murdered his parents on May 20, 1998 and shot 27 of his classmates at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon on May 21, 1998.  The play begins with a young man lying in a jail cell for having committed unspeakable crimes. Five of those he murdered earlier that day -figments of his imagination, not ghosts- enter his cell demanding answers. When Josh evades their questions, they become akin to a chorus of Greek Furies who torment him, make him re-live events, and drive him towards the threshold of remorse.
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Also, be sure to check out the video on the link below...

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