Janie Geiser’s work “prowls around the mysterious boundary-land between territories — like the lands of the conscious and the unconscious mind, or life and death, sanity and madness, hope and despair, animate and inanimate, nature and culture.” -HOLLY WILLIS / KCET
A young woman is serially born and eaten by the planet. Going back and forth from grave to rebirth, experience grows confused – earth is space and the moon is dirt. The earth’s balance shifts; a new sense of anticipation and disruption in earth’s natural cycles stirs the world
– massive meteorological time contracted and newly written; a startling wildness is now familiar.
Tungsten (artery) centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone, whose existential dilemma forms the center of the play. Half-asleep on a commuter train entering New York City, Cora struggles to remember where she is coming from, and where she is going. TUNGSTEN (artery) imagines Cora’s search for meaning, as she grapples with her responsibilities, her existential exhaustion, and the increasingly unfamiliar world of the upper air.
Tungsten (artery) is supported, in part, through a Getty Villa Theater Lab Residency and a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant.
written by Erik Ehn
directed by Janie Geiser
scene design by Shannon Scrofano
lighting design by Ellie Rabinowitz
video design by Carole Kim
sound design by Colbert Davis
costume design by Sandra Burns & Sarah Brown
additional music by Cassia Streb
puppet design and films by Janie Geiser
Performed by Molly Allis, Jenny Greer, Youssif Kamal, Moira MacDonald, Alexis Macnab, Erin O’Donnell, Whitney Rodriguez, Jessica Rosilyn, HIlario Saavedra
Production Stage Manager // Cameron Squire
Produced with Miranda Wright
Work In Progress // Getty Villa (Malibu, CA) — February 2015