Even the most seasoned traveler does not travel alone. They select the best help they can afford; guides, outfitters, experts to prepare compact meals for the road ahead. All of these people help to make the traveler’s abstract vision into reality.
The same is true in a theatrical production, except with a twist. The vision is infinitely more complex, and what’s more, unfinished. The road itself has not yet even been made.
In theater, the people that you choose to work with do more than help get you to that end destination. They lend you a piece of the road itself, and then join you.
When she chose to create two different aspects of Stories, one performed and one an installed stationary work of art, Stephanie enlisted the best people she could get to put it together. David Zeil, her collaborative partner and husband, was made the technical director. Erica Monroe was on costumes and textiles. Ryan Spencer Reed lent his services for photography and videography, while Theodore Janga composed our choral score. I, as is probably already apparent, took up the mantle of assistant director and dramaturg.
Contact between the six of us was sporadic and disorganized at first. Unlike most entries in artprize, making Stories has involved intensive coordination between individual artists, who each have their own jobs and projects to work on. But as time has gone on, one by one, we have each been able to focus more and more on the project. Together, we’ve put our lot toward a single common goal.
We are asking you to join in our collaboration.
Come. Journey with us.
We invite you along as well. Come. Journey with us.