Paradiz'd
at The Cubiculo in Carlisle, PA

co-created devised piece by

Kent Barrett and Mary Olin Geiger 

In this co-devised performance, Kent Barrett and I created a space inspired by Grant Hart’s musical exploration of the epic poem Paradise Lost in his album The Argument. After building a layered, hyper-stimulating space in the Cubiculo Black Box Theater, we invited members of our Carlisle, PA community to perform. The space felt like a familiar but unsettling kaleidoscope apartment+church in sensory overload, which is sort of how we wanted to capture the feeling of the original poem. Performing experience as well as age and professional backgrounds varied among the group, and we asked them to explore a sequence of tasks related to their individual life experiences. The structure of the performance was based on an Anglican church service, and we tried to evoke rituals through improvisational live music, repetition, readings, and procession.

 

Musicians:

Mike Beavers

Anthony Brau

David Crowtherd

Thomas A. Downs

Sara Markowitz

Matt Steiman

 

Participant Performers:

Jeff Adams

Sherry Harper-McCombs

Demma Harper-McCombs

Karen Kirkham

Ted Kirkham

Walter Kirkham

Felonica Kirkham

Christabelle Kirkham

Sam Nedrow

Addie Nedrow

Juli Bounds

Technicians:

Sarah Blocher

Kenya Bullock

Noah Fusco

Kristen Kim

Nina Spoelker

Solomon Zisser

Contributers:
Erin Crawley-Woods

Dennis Ealy

Kevin Harper-McCombs

Kelsey Horowitz

Daniel Jackson

Conor Leary

Monica Lopez Soler

Clarissa Messer

Jason Nedrow

Chase Perabo

Jonah Reynolds

Sarah Skaggs