Commander William B. Travis
Colonel Kate McBride
Colonel James Bowie
by Bryce Wissel
Directed by Laura Sturm
Designed by lewis lain
March 22 - May 1, 2011
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A World Premiere Sci Fi Comedy!
When a talking monkey appears in the airlock of the space station Ephemera, the crew learns they may be the last defense of planet Earth. Bryce Wissel's zany comedy features a tortured love triangle, a mariachi-singing robot, and the threat of interstellar combat with an unknowable enemy.
Costume design by lewis lain
Ephemera first appeared in Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2008 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays and was further developed through workshop readings with the company. As directed by Polarity Ensemble member Laura Sturm and designed by lewis lain, it will be an immersive entertainment experience from the moment the audience enters the lobby.
"Laura is casting actors to play androids who will run the box office and house manage, and we have engaged lewis lain as our artist-in-residence for this production. We are trying a whole different way of doing design," said Polarity Artistic Director Richard Engling. "All three designers will extend the visual and sonic environment throughout the theatre. The costumes, props and sets by lewis lain will constitute a full-on site-specific art installation with the art continuing out into our lounge. We are taking the kind of "full immersion experience" theatre that we first attempted with Darren Callahan's The White Airplane and going much farther."
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presented the world premiere of Chicago playwright Bryce Wissel's madcap space romp Ephemera, March 22 through May 1 at 1500 N. Bell Street in Wicker Park, Chicago.
Richard Engling, Artistic Director
Maggie Speer, Managing Director
Laura Sturm, Director
lewis lain, Production Designer/Artist-in-Residence
Julie Giampaolo, Lighting Designer
Dayna Shrader, Asst. Lighting Designer
Elliot Taggart, Sound Designer/Composer
Nicole Smith, Stage Manager
Jen Poulin, Assistant Director
Erica Burger, Technical Director
Sarah Grant, Dramaturg
David Chrzanowski, Fight Director
Valerie Moore Medina, Choreographer
Amy Johnson, Sign Language Consultant
Hilary Holbrook & Sarah Grant, House Managers
Lee Strausberg, Production Manager
Abigail Trabue, Casting Director
Walker Josephine, Business Manager
Darren Callahan, Public Relations
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