The West Coast Premiere of ‘What of the Night?’
Photo Credit: Wendy Figueroa
by Maria Irene Fornes
October 10 – November 2, 2014 Studio/Stage Los Angeles, CA
Ovation Award Nominated Best Acting Ensemble of a Play Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre) – Matthew Richter Sound Design (Intimate Theatre) – Martin Carillo
What of the Night? is a poignant saga chronicling the life of Birdie and her family as they traverse the moral and financial bankruptcy that is poverty. Destitute and isolated, a 14-year old Birdie makes the brave decision to leave her family. “I want something from life!” she cries as she abandons her loved ones in hopes of finding something more than sickness and crime. This decision propels Birdie, her family, and the viewer into a 60-year journey where estranged family and friends entwine and collide in poetic stories of love, impoverishment, and dreams. Maria Irene Fornes delivers a masterful piece of theatre that entertains us, humors us, breaks our hearts, and ultimately challenges us to examine our own complicity in the unbridled divide between the haves and the have nots across America today.
Directed by Caitlin Hart With: Linn Bjornland, Laura Caudill, Joseph Culliton*, Elitia Daniels, Kathleen Hagerty, Lisa Jai, Steve Madar, Gina Manziello, Alex Marshall-Brown*, Marc Pelina, and Thaddeus Shafer Stage Manger: Jenna Clarke Assistant Stage Manager/Propsmaster: Madison-Margaret Huckaby Scenic/Projection Design: Matthew G. Hill Projection Design Assistant: Nick Kunin Lighting Design: Matt Richter Sound Design: Martin Carrillo Costume Design: Traci LaDue Costume Design Assistant: Delaney Poe Choreographer: Kara Karstedt Fight/Stunt Coordinator: Jen Albert Technical Director: Pete Sauber Producer: Sabina Ptasznik Associate Producer: Danielle Gonzales *Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity
“Director Caitlin Hart illuminates the deepest corners of the play’s dark soul with a magical touch” – Sarah Tuft, Stage Raw “The Vagrancy is making a powerful major work by a modern master come fully to life…if you care at all about America and its theatre, you must see it.” – Theatre Ghost