I have been in residence briefly during this process-- at the very beginning, and now, during final rehearsals and opening weekend.
I am VERY happy with what we have. The work that Specific Gravity is doing is focused, intense, big-hearted, thoughtful, and very very powerful. They are finding the thing inside of this play that shifts the room in a big way.
Through this process I have continued to learn about this play-- what makes it move, where the knives are, how much it hurts, and how beautiful a volcano can be.
The performances by Julia Leist, Jennifer Poliskie, and Christopher Shiner are brave, powerful, vulnerable, sincere, precise, and heart-breaking.
And the production looks incredible. Set inside of a gallery space in 21 c Museum, the design work by Rand Harmon, Todd Pickett, and Paul T. Carney is simply breath-taking.
Big thanks yous to Specific Gravity (Artistic Director, Rand Harmon) for their courage and their willingness to dig deep and bring the awesomeness to the surface.
SPECIFIC GRAVITY ENSEMBLE OPENS 2007-08 SEASON
AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL WITH INTRIGUING LULLABY
Louisville’s experimental/environmental theater company, Specific Gravity Ensemble, will present Greg Romero’s The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard September 21-October 1 at 21C MuseumHotel.
A Man and a Woman breathe in the possibility of a blank piece of paper. The paper becomes a sailboat, their breath becomes a journey that busts the world open, spilling out a truth so big that it could only fit inside of a human heart in love with another equally and beautifully broken person.
Building a reputation for producing challenging works in ‘found spaces,’ Specific Gravity sets Lullaby in a gallery space--the ultimate metaphorical setting for this highy-stylized and innovative new work. For the audience at this show, the mind becomes like the walls of a gallery, filled with the ‘art’ of one’s own imagination.
Currently based in Philadelphia, playwright Romero penned one of the 24 Elevator Plays in Specific Gravity Ensemble’s January 2007 debut. The Most Beautiful Lullaby You’ve Ever Heard was a semi-finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award.
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 21/22, 28/29 at 8 pm , Thursday Sept. 27 at 8 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4 pm, Sundays Sept. 23 and 30 at 5 pm , Monday Oct. 1 at 8 pm.
Location: 21C MuseumHotel, 700 W. Main Street in Louisville
Tickets: $15 general / $12 students / $10 groups of 10 or more. For reservations call 502.384.2SGE (2743) or visit www.specificgravityensemble.com.