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pas de deux (lost my shoe)
Directed by Reiko Aylesworth
The bonds between siblings are as layered, complex and true as all great loves. At a time when she had just overcome her own addiction, Ms. Ramirez lost her younger brother, a principal dancer with the Oakland ballet, to alcoholism. Upon his death, she enrolled in a ballet class and attempted to learn the dances he had performed. In trying to retrace his steps, she traveled through the complicated terrain of their childhood and tried to come to terms with why she survived and he didn’t. A semi-autobiographical dance theater piece about memory, grief, forgiveness and freedom.
The play was originally developed at the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project in New York.
Lisa Ramirez and Reiko Aylesworth have been collaborating on various original film and TV projects recently and are looking forward to exploring pas de deux (lost my shoe) through a new lens and medium (Zoom).
Henry & Me
A play about the unlikely and epic friendship between tap master Henry LeTang and his protégé Shea Sullivan. And yes, there’s tap dancing!
Eric Hermannson’s Soul
In a small prairie schoolhouse, the leader of a religious sect goads Eric Hermannson, wildest troublemaker and greatest fiddler on the Nebraska frontier, into renouncing his sinful ways. Two years later, visiting socialite Margaret Elliott encounters the now taciturn Eric and vows to save him from his ascetic existence and reawaken his passion for music. Margaret’s undertaking proves more dangerous than she thought, as both her and Eric’s lives are forever changed. Based on the short story “Eric Hermannson’s Soul” by Willa Cather.
A Letter From Santa Claus
This piece takes place in Hartford in the midst of booming 19th century immigration and freed slaves migrating north, and features two sisters discovering the true meaning of Christmas.
Continuing work on their musical (Be)longing, which grew out of research and creative residencies at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. (Be)longing is a national initiative asking how we recover from violence and prevent its recurrence.
Zack Zadek worked on his new musical Deathless, a dramedy with an indie folk-pop score, which takes place against the backdrop of the discovery of the cure for natural death as it is just released in America.
Jay Alvarez, Suzanne Bradbeer, and Gaby Gold worked on their musical Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! which they wrote in collaboration with Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera.
Lynne Kaufman and Alex Mandel worked on their musical, Picture Perfect: Normal Rockwell’s America.
TheatreWorks hosted playwrights Dan Dietz, Lauren Gunderson, Kait Kerrigan, Janine Nabers, and Peter Nachtrieb, and composers Jenny Giering, Adam Gwon, Michael Jackson, Bree Lowdermilk, and Chris Miller to collaborate on a new musical, conceived and written by all 10 writers, in conjunction with New Works Director Meredith McDonough. The team wrote a first draft in one week in June 2011 and returned in May 2012 to work on a second draft.
Kara Lee Cothron and Justin Levine worked on a new musical commissioned by Naked Angels.
Nathan Tysen, Chris Miller, and Craig Wright worked on their TheatreWorks commission Molly’s Delicious.