Produced at Fordham University in the Kehoe Studio Theatre
November 12-14th 2018
By: Bruce Myers
Directed by: Kaylie Groff
Production Stage Manager: Nat Kelley DiMario
Scenic Design by: Ellie Ryan
Costume Design by: Elizabeth Ryan
Lighting Design by: Natalie Avery
Sound Design by: Emma Hasselbach
A husband and wife who have been drifting apart reconnect during Sabbath dinner through the retelling of a traditional Jewish story. They recall the tale of Chanon and Leah's forbidden romance and the dybbuk - the spirit of her lost love - that possesses her on her wedding night.
I loved the intimacy of doing a two person play. This process was thrilling from beginning to end - our dramaturg was involved in nearly every rehearsal to teach the actors the prayers and chants and help talk through the stories and our sound designer was in the room multiple times composing original music. Since this was a play about the importance of stories, the storytelling itself had to be incredibly precise. Kaylie created impeccable stage pictures, and the designers all built around these very specific moments. The timing of the cues was also of the utmost importance, so I made it a priority during tech to make sure I discussed each moment with the designers to ensure I was carrying out their visions as intended.