a play by Damian Wampler, directed by Angela Astle

Best friends, separated by choice, reunited by fate.

Starts Friday, June 12 for 6 shows at the Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette.

Showtimes: Friday, June 12, 5:30pm,
Sunday, June 14, 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 17, 4:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 4:00pm
Friday, June 19, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 28, 1:00pm

Tickets are $18 at http://www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com/

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Nominations:

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event

Outstanding Choreography (Fight or Dance)- Christopher Langner for the Capoeira Choreograhy, Diego Villada for the Fight Choreography, and Patricia Zeccola for the Tango Choreography in Twin Towers

Outstanding Lighting Design - Andy Fritsch for Twin Towers

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event- Kena Anae for the role of Trevor Forde in Twin Towers

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event- Lauren Kelston for the role of Female Ensemble in Twin Towers

Monday, July 13, 2009

Twin Towers has been nominated!

Twin Towers has been nominated for several Planet Connections Theater Festivity Awards!

Come find out who wins:

When: Sunday August 2, 2009

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: The Triad
158 West 72nd Street, 2nd Floor
(Between Broadway & Columbus Avenue, closer to Broadway)

Price: $10 + 2 drink minimum
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres plus a fabulous show featuring many of our talented artists!

Dress code: Semi-Formal/Casual Dressy
(Frank will be wearing a tux! Oooooooh!)

Join us in a celebration of the 2009 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Awards will be
given out in many acting and technical categories. An exciting and fun
evening of entertainment and celebration of our artists.

Seating capacity limited. This will sell out fast!
Directions to The Triad
Subway: 1, 2, 3, B or C to 72nd Street
Bus: M72 Crosstown Bus to Broadway

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Here is what Frank has to say about the show...

I went to see Twin Towers with nothing but a brief summary: Two guys go their separate ways and meet again a number of years later. When I saw the play, I realized that it's more than that. Twin Towers goes deep into the world of war vs. peace and comes out shining. Damian and Angela did a great job of evoking emotion throughout the play through their script and direction. Not to mention the phenomenal job by the cast! Definitely check this one out. -Frank

Friday, June 19, 2009

Please tell us what you thought of the show!

If you saw a production of Twin Towers, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought. You can also leave a comment at Theatermania


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Update on tickets - only 14 tickets left!

Just to let you all know, there are only 14 tickets left for the show on Friday's show at 7:30. If you want to see the show, please get your tickets early online. www.twintowersplay.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Audience Reaction!

"Twin Towers doesn't just entertain. Wrapped in a love story, the play addresses some serious issues — war, faith, homosexuality, absent parents. The actors share each of their character's struggles in a very real way, but the dance and song keep will keep you upbeat. You know you're watching something special when tango, rap and capoeira are blended into one seamless performance." - Meg

Monday, June 15, 2009

Second Show

We just had our second show and the audience response was very good. I don't want to say, "they laughed, they cried..." but that's pretty much what happened. People had great things to say about the show and the cast is really in their stride now that they know the space and we have a handle on the sound and lights. Just four more shows left! - Damian

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cast Party!

The cast and crew of Twin Towers celebrates a successful first show. Just 5 more to go!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thank You

A note from the writer/producer to everyone who made opening night possible:

The opening of TWIN TOWERS at 440 Studios is truly special for me. More than a year ago I started jotting down bits and pieces of dialog I overheard on the subway and in the streets of my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Slowly, a story formed, and the characters took on a life of their own. I started submitting the play to festivals in September of 2008, but I never imagined that my play would every actually get produced. Yet here I am - no, here we are, with a cast of 6, a creative team of more than 10 and a score of friends and family who have helped out. Many others read the play, connected with the message and took on the responsibility of making it come to life, be it by learning lines and playing the parts, sending me books of stamps, buying T-shirts or simply buying a ticket. I'm very thankful to the people who have helped make this possible, I couldn't do it alone, nor would I want to. The fun of this show is seeing people interpret and internalize the work, to connect with the characters, to gte involved and be as enthusiastic about my vision as when I was writing it. I've made great friends with the cast and crew, I've learned about my play and about myself, and my friends and family get to see my art, my vision of the world, in a different way. I truly thank you all for being a part of this. - Damian Wampler

"Now we have a show."

- Overheard on set yesterday, spoken by Angela Astle, director of Twin Towers after the second full dress run through.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What to expect on Friday...

Kena talks about what to expect on Friday when Twin Towers opens at the Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette.


Twin Towers opens tomorrow at the Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette - but what is the play about? Quite simply, it focuses on two young men, Trevor (left, played by Kena Anae) and Jamal. Both fatherless and raised like brothers in the Bronx, the two meet again in their old neighborhood after five years apart. Jamal is returning from 5 years living overseas (which began with Peace Corps service) and Trevor is returning from a second tour of duty in Iraq. Trevor's return sparks a rush of childhood memories and emotions, while they both struggle to contain the feelings that are really inside them. In their youth, the boys were nicknamed the Twin Towers because of their strength and athletic ability, and while the play doesn't directly deal with the terrorist attacks on 9/11, it does confront the social and political issues of the Bush Era as it plays out on real people. Life isn't about the situation you are given, but how you react to the challenges you face. But the play isn't preachy - it uses music, dancing and a Brazillian martial art called Capoiera to move the story forward. Like my playwriting teacher in college said, "Don't be boring!"

For tickets and showtimes, visit www.twintowersplay.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

One White Woman - please comment

Twin Towers has an all black cast except for Lauren, who plays the Devil.

Feel free to comment. Or call. - Damian

The Writer Speaks about Angela Astle, director

I talk about how Angela's direction has made my play much much better! Watch.

Tickets and showtimes: http://www.twintowersplay.com/

Kena talks about working with director Angela Astle

More on Kena and the cast at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/

Jason wanted to play the part of Trevor Forde...

More on Jason at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Here are the lyrics to "Love is a Treasure"

The song is posted on the right hand side. Enjoy.

Your words penetrate me
Armor piercing round
Like a rolling thunder
Recoil at the sound

I yield to your touches
Your fingers they invade
No shield can protect me
From the fate that I have made

Under cover of darkness you take me
To a place where madness will break me
And all my fears I thought over
Come alive in the shadow

Your lips infiltrate me
I fall to the ground
A robber you plunder
The treasure that you’ve found

My defenses are useless
Naked and exposed
To you I surrender
My body and my soul

Under cover of darkness you find me
And in the silence you bind me
And all my fears I thought over
Come alive in the shadow

The curse of your kiss, it blinds me
With a poison I can not cure
And all my fears I thought over
Come alive in the shadow

Kena talks about the friendships on and off the set

More on the cast at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/

Jason in Jeans

Jason Hurt, who plays Jamal Jones, is not only an actor but a model as well. We'd like to thank Paul Aarrington for buying an ad in our playbill, promote our star Jason and, well, show you this picture. See all our our cast at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jason shares his thoughts on the production.

More on the cast at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/


At one point in the play, the world inside of Trevor's head explodes into reality and onto the stage. Trevor's nightmares (and fantasies) come to life in an S&M scene. Here are some images from rehearsal. The whole scene is a metaphor, but... come see the show!


The cast and crew of Twin Towers are working really hard to put on a great show. Everyone is working overtime. Here are some images from the show: Kena, Jason, Angela, Quatis, Lauren and Patricia.
Read more about the cast at http://www.twintowersplay.com/cast/


Some of Trevor's experiences and some of the dilemmas he faces reflect the challenges that some (certainly not all) soldiers in our military face. Throughout the play, Trevor’s personal turmoil reflects the crisis of a war veteran dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, and he impatiently struggles to pick up his civilian life right where he left off, despite his prolonged absence.

Trevor set out to advance his career by entering military service, only to face an abrupt shift of roles the invasion of Iraq placed on many soldiers. At one point in the play, Trevor mentions that he joined the army to be a clerk, to learn a trade. Due to the necessities of the Iraq war however, there is no clear division between the clerks and the soldiers- even “support elements” like Trevor conduct patrols, protect convoys, and face roadside IEDs, suicide bombers, and non-military insurgents. In the war in Iraq, everyone is on the front line.

For nearly half a century the military has promoted itself as an opportunity to learn valuable career skills, but in the modern age of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism, it has proven impossible to separate even the “cooks and clerks” from the career soldiers- when the Iraq War first began, entire divisions of the military were stretched thin on a high speed armored dash to contain Iraq’s major military resistance, and to project US forces to places like Baghdad as soon as possible. The result was that entire brigade combat teams were deployed wholesale, often strung out in long supply chains, often with the support elements, the cooks and the clerks, alongside and sometimes facing as much hostile fire. While the military was stretched thin before the strategy of the current, force-heavy, human presence of the “Surge,” Guard and Reserve elements were also facing militias and insurgents on street patrols alongside full-time career soldiers. In short, anyone and everyone in today's ground forces faces at least some degree of very real danger of combat action in Iraq. This is an essential component of Trevor's character and his journey, one we don't see on stage, but we do see on his uniform.

Trevor’s uniform marks him as a very particular kind of soldier, and ties his service to a very particular time window of the Iraq war. Since Trevor wears the old Desert Camouflage Uniform, which predates the green-grey Army Combat Uniform, we know that his time in Iraq was most likely sometime between 2003 and late 2006. The pre-surge numbers of soldiers deployed in theatre meant that those there would more likely be called upon for combat duties, regardless of specialty. Even the cooks and clerks had to fight.

But Trevor is not entirely unprepared. On his right shoulder, Trevor wears a “combat patch.” This is the patch of the larger unit he was assigned to when he saw combat, and is now authorized permanent wear regardless of whichever other unit he transfers to. On his left shoulder, he wears the patch of the unit he currently serves with, and more specifically ties him to the 167th Support Division (left), which would fit with his stated career path as a clerk. His combat patch is of the 3rd Infantry Division, (square, right) a much larger unit and one of the Army’s oldest and biggest and most distinguished. At least some element of the 3rd has been deployed to Iraq at every point since the initial invasion.

Trevor also wears specialty insignia which allude to his training in a ground combatant role. He wears the Army’s Air Assault wings (left, with helicopter center), which identify him as having trained to conduct airborne helicopter operations. More coveted that the Air Assault pin is the Army’s Airborne “jump wings,” (left, with parachute) which indicate that he has attended the Army’s basic paratrooper training. Both of these badges mark him as a very capable soldier.

In the military, unlike almost any other profession, personal history and credentials are worn and displayed openly, rather than noted in a résumé. Perhaps if Trevor’s true personality could be displayed as openly as those insignia, he could more easily relate to those around him. But for Trevor, a uniform can only capture one tiny piece of his person, one dimension of his conflicted psyche. Despite the simplicity of the story that the patches tell, there is much more to Trevor, and to life, than can be indicated by a man's rank.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jason talks about his passion for acting

I asked Jason about his motivation for being an actor and his passion for the part of Jamal Jones in TWIN TOWERS.

Quatis speaks

"I knew I wanted to move to New York to pursue an actor career, just wasn't sure how to do it. I came in January and then again in February - and was convinced. Still unsure of how. One can never truly be completely prepared for what New York has to offer. The constant pace, the tremendous culture, the overwhelming amounts of restaurants color the imagination of things to do. But opportunity was first on my mind. And working with the Twin Towers team has provided that first opportunity to work in New York.

It has been amazing to work with people like Angela - who is from the same city I am from - and is a New York caliber talent - the way she has sewn the picture of this production together makes me glad to be apart of this life enriching painting. Also working with the Capoiera instructors/ choreographers has been a lot of fun. It has given me such a respect for stage combat. They showed true patience and skill helping me to understand the basics of capoiera and how to bring it to life on stage. All-in-all this has been a great experience, and I look forward to working with more talented people here in New York!" - Quatis Tarkington

Tonight's comedy show - Jullian

Jullian will be one of the featured guests at the comedy show today at 4:30 at the Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal. Only $10! Very funny comic and great guy- watch the video.

All the info: www.twintowersplay.com/fundraiser

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jason during the fight scene

Jason Hurt play Jamal Jones, Trevor's best friend. You're going to have to see for yourself how this scene ends. Don't worry, Jason is OK.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Another Auction Image

Here is another image that will be part of Sunday's auction. This one is by Lanola Stone, the most talent photographer of children I have ever met. Enjoy!

Art Auction

Sunday's Fundraiser will feature an art auction. Here are the images that will be available - come ready to buy some amazing art!

Row 1
Damian Wampler
Jaime Permuth

Row 2
Judith Monteferrante
Hye Ryoung Min
Daniel Bolliger

Row 3
Robert Herman
Tolga Adanali

Daniel's Print

Here is the print that Daniel Bolliger has donated to the silent auction for Friday's Night of Comedy. Daniel is a Swiss artist who has blown us all away with his amazing photography. Like Judith and Jaime, he is a classmate of mine in the SVA Master's in Digital Photography program.

Come to the fundraiser this Sunday at the Olive Tree Cafe's Comedy Cellar, 117 MacDougal. Doors open at 4:00pm, the show starts at 4:30pm.

Q, again. Seriously, look at this guy!

Kena as Trevor

Here is one image of Kena, playing Iraq War Veteran Trevor Forde. There's more like this on our Flickr site.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

7 Profitz

Sunday's fundraiser will feature an amazing hip-hop group called 7 Profitz. I ran across their website and I fell in love with their style and energy. Their lyrics speak about many of the issues that plague our main characters throughout the show TWIN TOWERS. I had to somehow incorporate them into the production, and Elle Madison from the group was eager to work with us. I'm proud to have them on the lineup for Sunday, don't miss it!

Silent Auction

This Sunday's fundraiser will feature a silent auction. Here is another image that will be auctioned to support the play and ENACT. The image is by my classmate and friend, Brooklyn-based Guatemalan-American photographer Jaime Permuth.

Stunning! Bring some extra cash for this print.
More on the fundraiser at www.twintowersplay.com/fundraiser

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here is another image that we will auction off. It is by Robert Herman, a great photographer who has been doing NY street photography for decades. Enjoy!


Kena has some great moves during the fight as well.

Overheard at rehearsal...

The following was overheard at a prop meeting last week...

ADAM SAMTUR: Ok, Angela is bringing the bible and Damian is bringing the bondage cuffs...


Next Sunday's Fundraiser will include a silent auction of some of the best photgraphers from around the world. Below is just one of the images we'll be auctioning - all to support ENACT and the production of the play. Photo by Judith Monteferrante.

Visit www.twintowersplay.com/fundraiser for more details

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

No Comment.

Jedi Master Q

When Q came to the audition and did a high kick above his head, I thought to myself, "He's going to be in this play." I'd like to go on and on about Quatis Tarkington, aka Q, but I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Diego on Twin Towers

Diego Villada spent two sessions with our actors making our fight scenes a reality. He had some thoughts about the production:

"The cast is very energetic, and the energy that they brought to their rehearsals brought the characters to life. It was a pleasure working with them. The subject matter in Twin Towers relates to the physical action on stage, and the enthusiasm and proficiency of the production team helped bring it all together. The importance of the subject matter is what drew me in. I've done a lot of movement, so seeing fighting and Capoiera on stage is nothing new, but I've never seen anything about post traumatic stress syndrome and an Iraq war veteran's support system incorpirated into a movement piece like this, it made it very interesting."

Jason and Trevor

Today's rehearsal was quite exhilarating- Jason and Kena (above) worked on the two fight scenes for more than three hours. Diego, our choreographer, is simply amazing. Here is an image from rehearsal, with a new backdrop added (that's actually my building in Crown Heights!).

Sunday, May 31, 2009


My friend and former roomate from college James Comtois is putting on his 17th NYC production, INFECTIOUS OPPORTUNITY, at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn as part of their Antidepressant Festival. It’s about a screenwriter who fakes being HIV-positive to boost his career. Whooa. Read it again. Yes, that's what it's about. This may be the show that sinks to lower levels than the Bush Administration. Brilliant. Here is a podcast about the show. Once I go see it I'll let you know my thoughts. There are only four shows, so make sure you get tickets early and don't miss this opportunity.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


A talked about how one of the characters' world become reality, and it is told through s techno song - well you can listen to the song on Grahame's music blog - Please check it out and leave a comment if you like it.

Grahame made that song in over the weekend, and it was his first song in two years - you can see that the previous music file he posted was from 2007! I guess he hasn't lost his touch because the song is pretty amazing. If fits the tone of the scene perfectly - I don't want to give too much away, but you'll understand when you see the show in June.


Myla Flores and Kena Anae dance the Tango in Twin Towers, a play by Damian Wampler and directed by Angela Astle.

"This is one of the many seduction scenes in Twin Towers. Trevor has returned from the war and is determined to put everything back the way it was. The dance is flirtatious and spontaneous and both characters feel a rush of memories return. Patty took my vision and brought it to life. Kena and Myla understand the characters so well that they are in character throughout the scene. I love the way this turned out and I can't wait for people to see it." - Damian


"What is it called when you make your dreams into reality?" Realization. When the world inside your head becomes the world around you. Or, when what you make the images in your head appear in front of you, thus putting them back into your head, but through a different lens. In Twin Towers, we get a glimpses of what is going on inside his head, a rarity I was was not confined only to theater. But what it is called when you actively work to make your nightmares a reality? This is what happens to one of the stars of the show when he realizes he has nothing to loose by revealing his true character.

We needed a way to show the explosion of the inner world onto reality, and we chose to do this with music. I asked my friend Grahame if he could write a dark song that would encapsulate the emotional state of the character. Grahame has been writing some compelling and intelligent techno, and I thought he'd be a great person to write the song. He asked me for some inspiration and I sent him some links to songs by Alien Vampires. Pretty dark stuff.

Kill The Authority - Alien Vampires

Soon I'll post what Grahame came up with for the scene!

The artistic process is the same- we have worlds in our heads, and they have to get out. Soon, we find ourselves face to face with the person we had in our heads. What happens when other people can hear the voices inside your head? The great thing about art is that once you make it, it isn't your anymore - art has legs, and immediately runs away with the audience (thank God!). It is the viewer who carries it to new places. I can't wait to hear what you think about the show. - Damian

Friday, May 29, 2009

Kena and Myla talk about their tango...

Go to the official website: www.twintowersplay.com

Patty talks about the Tango

I described to Patty, our tango choreographer, my goals for the dance and some background about the characters. She took the ideas and ran with it! Patty speaks...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kena on Music in Twin Towers

Twin Towers has music, but it isn't a musical. Kena speaks about his musical training and the song he sings at a critical breaking point in the play.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lauren is the Devil

"When I first read the script I was unsure why I was cast as the Devil, the role was obviously written for a male actor. During my rehearsal I was able to openly discuss my concerns with Angela, and we had a wonderful brainstorming session about how to make the character work for me. We made some interesting discoveries and I'm looking forward to continuing the work." -Lauren Kelston

Learn more about Lauren at www.twintowersplay.com/lauren_kelston

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Adam Samtur, Stage Manager

Our fearless stage manager (middle) is also a playwright and co-founder of Just Ask Productions. I just caught his recent show at the The Red Room. I can't pronounce the title of the show, but luckily if you go to buy tickets, just give the cashier an odd look and you'll get a ticket to What('s) Happen(s)(ed)(ing) in the Elevator...

The title says it all - every scene revolves around events that take place just before or just after a fateful meeting in an elevator. The work plays with time, giving us snippets of life out of sequence, as if we were glimpsing fragments of human life through a telescope on Mars. Indeed, one of the characters in this ensemble cast may actually be from Mars. I liked the range of characters - the play (I can't write out the title) is a document of sorts that catalogs the variety of life on our planet, including the ethnic, glass and gender differences. Most importantly though, the show is fun! You'll see a pornstar cum novelist cum columnist blossom on stage (no pun intended), and a restaurant manager on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Go see What's(s) Happend (ed)('s)... damn, just go see the show!

Patrica on Esther

DAMIAN: Patricia auditioned for the role of Olivia Walker, but I immediately knew I wanted her to play Esther Forde. She had the powerful yet nuanced quality I envisioned for Esther when I wrote the play. I wasn't sure how Patricia would react when we offered her the part - here are her thoughts on the role:

PATRICIA: I was truly surprised when I was asked to read for the role of Esther. I had to redirect my thoughts and how I was to prepare for the role. I am grateful for this opportunity to challenge myself as an actress as study and prepare.

Esther is very strong and I love that about her, and how she leans on her faith. She reminds me of several women who I've grown up around.

Learn more about Patricia at http://www.twintowersplay.com/patricia_gibson/

Kena speaks about Trevor

Monday, May 25, 2009


I finally found the image that inspired the promotional shot we are using for Twin Towers. This aerial shows you the footprints of the Twin Towers buildings. When I first saw it I knew that Trevor's bandages would have that shape. It should look like that in the play as well. See you in June!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Parallel Lives

"Jamal and I seem to lead Parallel Lives. I feel like Damian may have had me in mind when he wrote this script. Growing up in the Bronx in a single parent household can be tough for any child, but like Jamal I was always surrounded by great people and have been blessed to have friends that I truly consider to be family. Jamal had Trevor and whenever adversity surfaced they picked each other up and kind of figured life out together, becoming strong men. When I think about this situation, one of my best friends Enrique "Reeks" comes to mind . We where born two days apart, attended the same High School and college and I confess that we've experienced some of the best and worst moments together. In middle School I had my first crush. (I will call her Jessica) It was definitley a heavy and sad case of puppy love. I can remember being so scared to even say hi sometimes. Jessica and I where in the same class and I knew that she liked me but I also knew that she liked another boy. It was a tough situation for me because at that age I was more of an introvert, the sparks never flew (well maybe for a date or two) but we are still friends today and in my mind some parts of me still fights the attraction, but we are definitley friends and Jess is happily in a relationship (with the same dude...) How fun is life !?! Jamal, shares a similar circumstance with Trevor and Olivia in Twin Towers. Come and see how his situation pans out June 12th..."

-Jason Hurt on TWIN TOWERS

Friday, May 22, 2009


Here is a behind the scenes look at the production of TWIN TOWERS - Our tango Choreographer Patty working with one of the stars of the show, Kena Anae.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Myla on Olivia

Hi! I'm Myla and I play Olivia Walker in the play Twin Towers.

In one scene, Olivia says "Love is Eternal" and I think she truly believe this. She views her love as eternal - she wouldn't stop loving a person even if it doesn't work out for them to be together. Olivia's love is charged with the very essence of love. And in the sense that God is love, then it is most definitely Eternal. "Love is Eternal" -Olivia doesn't just say it, she lives it.

I can relate to her on that- especially with relationships. Love
always remains - even through a complex or difficult circumstance, or even after it has long been "over", there will still be Love. It may evolve, but it's essence cannot disappear.

Bulk Tickets

This is a stack of letters I am mailing out to schools and organizations about bulk tickets. The regular ticket price is $18, but groups of 10 or more will be discounted at $15 each. Groups of 20 or more will be discounted to $12 a ticket.

To purchase bulk tickets, contact planetjennb@gmail.com

Schools who buy bulk tickets can invite an actor to their school for a talk back. Cool!

Broken Wings

Trevor Forde is played by the Bronx born actor and singer Kena Anae.

The Message is the Medium

My classmate and talented photographer Robert Herman gave a profound speech today about the nature of photography. He said that digital photography has changed the way we interact with images, and, "for the first time in history, we can't believe what we see." Not only that, but because this new approach - suspicion of all forms of images, moving or still - we must swim in a state of perpetual suspended disbelief. Where does that leave us? Constantly in a dream world, where, Robert says, "we must reinvent our own imaginations and learn to be comfortable with our own happiness."
I'm an artist who works in two mediums to get my message across - photography and theater. I choose my medium based on what I feel will be the most effective way to get my vision in front of "as many eyeballs as possible". Twin Towers has a story tell, and theater is the ideal medium. In theater, we know there is no manipulation, no special effect, no photoshop. In a sense, theater is the antithesis of film and digital photography - while special effects strive to become more and more realistic, black box theater asks the audience members to put in more, to participate, to make the leap into imagination on his or her own. The more the viewer has to contribute to the special effect of internalizing the characters and story, the more powerful it becomes. Less IS more!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tango in Twin Towers

Twin Towers uses fighting, music and dance to illustrate the relationships between the characters. Its much more interesting that way! Here is a scene from Tap with Gregory Hines that inspired the Tango scene in Twin Towers. In Tap, the characters are clearly in love. In Twin Towers, things aren't that simple. Put Tap on your Netflix que if you haven't seen it already.

Our Fight Coordinaor

Diego Villada was born in Jackson Heights, NY and raised in Miami, FL. He is an aspiring professor of theatre and specializes in movement and stage combat.
In NYC, Diego is the resident fight director at 3-Legged Dog Media & Theatre Company. His choreography was featured in their spring production of Rod & Cables by Alison M. Keating.
Diego has trained in stage combat all over the United States. He is member of the Society of American Fight Directors and is an apprentice of prominent fight director Rick Sordelet.
Diego is an alumnus of both the University of Evansville and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Monday, May 18, 2009

This is our Capoeira choreographer, Christopher Langer, in riverside park. Twin Towers has three different choreographers - Tango, Capoeira and martial arts. This speaks to the different levels of relationships found in the play. We are lucky to have Christopher on board. Not only is he a great dancer, but he brings his generosity and attitude to the production as well - we actually met at a New York Cares event in the Bronx where we taught Capoeira to kids in a shelter. I believe that people should use the skills they have to help make the world a better place, regardless of what those skills are. You might have to be creative to figure out how to put your talent to use, but you will find a way! Thanks Christopher, for your inspiration.