Canticle

Written and Directed by Rubén Polendo
In collaboration with NYU Graduate Acting
Spring 2008

An exploration of love, darkness and faith, the piece follows a devout believer as she confronts life as it has been, as it should be and as it never will be. The piece explores notions of will, choice and divine fate. Inspired by the writings of the 17th Century Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz, the letters of Mother Theresa of Calcutta and the stories of various saints, the piece incorporates pre-Gregorian chant forms, Balinese mask work, Japanese Noh chorus and elements of Japanese Butoh.

Stage Manager: Hilary Austin
Set Design: Jason Simms
Costume/Mask Design: Cait O'Connor
Lighting Design: Adam Greene
Composer: Ellen Reid
Musician: Adam Cochran
Mask and Text Collaborator: Ben Fox
Assistant Director: John Robichau

Cast: Katie Meister, David Kenner, Matt Harrington, Chris Bolan, Nina Arianda, Cary Donaldson, Lauren English, Zoey Martinson

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