Sept 17 - 19 2015
Dramatic and musical interpretation of material by Buchner (Lenz) and Kafka (by three time Arts Council recipient William Burrison, and composer Ross Lipton), Rumi (by singer/instrumentalist Michael London), with Susan Miller’s post-9/11 one-act The Grand Design (directed by Marlene Sider). Plus visual projections.
Will Jessie find meaning thru cosmic signals? Frances hiking, U.S. parks? Lenz crashing at Oberlin’s parish, Vosges mountains? Rumi, his love-struck lyrics? — As with “Poe-a-thon,” “E.S.” explores the iffy terrain between sanity & madness thru the ages.
Of “Poe-a-thon”, Fringe 2014: “An hour of five weird and weirdly funny plays… scary in the right ways.” — Julie Zeglen, City Paper
Can Lenz, a legendary writer of the 18th century, find inner peace, meaning, at the Alsace mountain parish of the legendary pastor, Oberlin? After the shock of 9/11, can Jessie, alienated from her mother, contact an alien civilization? Can her mother, on an endless U.S. trek, contact herself?… And what about the strange beautiful music, humor, of Kafka, and the Persian poet Rumi? — Through the ages Nighthawks takes you to dangerous and intriguing places of the self.
To our stalwart company of Laurence Beck, Marlene Sider, Colin Wolfe & Wendy Bell (star of many a Big Mess/Greg Giovanni show), Nighthawks is proud to add, in featured roles, Colleen Corcoran (often seen in Ego-Po productions), and Leah Lawler, guest playwright at Iron Age. Leah’s love for the “Grand Design” script, and regard for Ms. Sider, has inspired her to harken back to her George Washington U. acting days, and Philly is lucky to have her as a force to be reckoned with, through Philadelphia Dramatist Center, on the new play development scene.
$20 / 80 minutes