First Floor

November 8 - 25, 2007
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
No performance on Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving)

Tickets $18
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Written by Leslie Lee
Directed by Cyndy A. Marion
Inspired by Modernist Poet & Artist Mina Loy

Photo by David Chance

In a fusion of music, poetry and art, an ensemble cast captivatingly depicts the early life of the revolutionary, yet surprisingly little known artist, Mina Loy. Visit Victorian England, Bavarian Munich, Bohemian Paris and Futurist Florence in a story of one woman’s struggle to be herself in a world where women were subjects not artists.

Leslie Lee, Obie-winning, Tony-nominated playwright, and author for television and film, has chosen to unearth an historical figure, the lesser-known yet pioneering poet and artist, Mina Loy (1882-1966). Mr.  Lee’s works have been praised as powerful, ground-breaking theater. His eloquent writing examines and embraces the life of this early feminist, whose talent, intellect and exceptional beauty made her one of the central figures of the literary and visual avant-garde in Europe and America.

In this visionary play, Mr. Lee concentrates on Loy’s early years in Europe during the height of experimental and Futurist thought in art. In a fusion of music, poetry and theatre, an ensemble cast will visit Victorian England, Bavarian Munich, Bohemian Paris, and Futurist Florence. At its core, Mina is the fascinating story of a deeply complicated woman, decades ahead of her time; a voice that saw “…art, love, sex, and childbirth from the perspective of a new woman.” (Becoming Modern, The Life of Mina Loy, Carolyn Burke)

Mina is directed by Cyndy A. Marion, with Heather Massie* as Mina Loy with Laurence Cantor, Bern Cohen*, Bridget Gethins*, Christopher Johnson*, Pamela Monroe, Matthew J. Nichols*, Juliet O'Brien, Heather Lee Rogers, Josh Silverman*.

Scenic design is by Andis Gjoni, music direction by James David Jacobs, lighting design by Russel Phillip Drapkin, choreography by Rosalie Purvis, costume design by Kylie Ward, production management by Sarah Ford, and stage management by Elliot Lanes, assistant stage management by Jen Wiener, production assistant by Jenny Greeman, Assistant Director: Vanessa Bambardieri, Dramaturgy: Maxine Kern.

* Member Actors' Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

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