Produced by NACL (North American Cultural Laboratory) Conceived and directed by Tannis Kowalchuk Text by Melissa Bell and Mark Dunau Original Music by Rima Fand Assistant Director/Dramaturg Mimi McGurl Premiere: Governor’s Island, NYC, Sept 22-24, 2017, and Apple Pond Farm, Callicoon Center, NY, Aug 18-20, 2017. Developmental workshop production July 22-24, 2016, at Apple Pond Farm
COURAGE is a site specific immersive theatrical journey. With 25 performers, this play looks at the struggle for equality, compassion, and survival in a dystopian world of fear and war, while warning against those who would attempt to profit from war. The setting is a refugee camp, and the audience goes on a long walk (mirroring a refugee’s journey) with a final resting place inside Central Tent. Along the way they meet a motley crew of survivors: a military stilt regiment, a Greek-style chorus of singing migrants, a religious aid worker, a migrant smuggler, a surly cook. Their stories weave together into a moving tapestry of loss, courage, and resilience. “Makes a lasting impression” Sullivan County Democrat "Stunning...wildly imaginative" Jonathan Charles Fox, The River Reporter
Peter Walsh and Greek Chorus: Ginny Hack, Tracy Broyles, Annie Hat, Jessica Lopez-Barkl, Nancy Peterman, Melissa Bell, Tracy Broyles, Laylage Courie.
John Roth, top, Gregg Erickson, Brett Hughes, Desmond Oxford McDonald, Jon Jon Thomas
John Roth as General Publik
Mark Dunau, Tannis Kowalchuk, Melissa Bell, Honored Finalists Women in the Arts & Media Collaboration Award.
CREATOR-ACTORS Jessica Lopez Barkl, Jessica Beveridge, Bradley Diuguid, Conrado Falco, Brett Hughes, Oliver King, Tannis Kowalchuk, Simon Kowalchuk-Swartz, Daniel Lendzian, Nick Lopez, Keith McHenry, Brian Ritchie, John Roth, Yurika Sase, Peter Walsh, Sajda Waite, Debra Winger. STILT CORPS: Gregg Erickson, Corinna Grunn, Mark Keoppen, Desmond Oxford McDonald, Adrianne Picciano, John Roth, Jon Jon Thomas, Sunny Thomas, Tyler Young, Michael Chojnicki. CHORUS: Melissa Bell, Tracy Broyles, Laylage Courie, Rebekah Creshkoff, Rocky Davis, Ginny Hack, RaeAnn Handshy, Annie Hat, Nancy Peterman. MUSICIANS: Sarah Alden, Zoe Christiansen, Rima Fand, Doug Rogers, Hannah Temple. Stage Management by Aubrey Ellis and Assistant Stage Manager Brendan Dromazos. Technical Direction by Zoot, and Brett Keyser on Tech/web. Brad Krumholz is the Co-Artistic Director of NACL.