My collaborator Sarah Wansley and I were awarded a residency to explore the role of technology in my play Radiance (a witch hunt) at Calit2, a research laboratory for contemporary performance that is part of the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego. Radiance (a witch hunt) will be presented as part of the 2014 Season of IDEAS (Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences) Performance Series.
From the press release:
The Qualcomm Institute established IDEAS to encourage artists and technologists to take advantage of its advanced audio-visual facilities, services and personnel to stage new or existing works.
…Another 2014 performance will reimagine Euripides’ Medea as a post-World War II diary of a suburban housewife. The play, Radiance (a witch hunt), by UCSD MFA Playwriting candidate Kristin Idaszak, traces the life of Maddie, the daughter of a German nuclear physicist, who marries an American officer and ends up feeling like a Cold War prisoner in suburbia. According to its author, “the play investigates the Medea myth and witch hunts from the ancient past to the present day.” Radiance draws on such varied source material as Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, the confessional poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, MacBeth, and the recent bestseller, “Lean In”, by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. The play will be directed by MFA-Directing candidate Sarah Wansley, and it will feature a vocal soundtrack by Bonnie Lander. The creative team will work with MFA actors as well as projection, sound and lighting designers over a five-day residency in the Qualcomm Institute, culminating in a public staged reading with sound and video effects on June 19, 2014.