|THE TWELFTH LABOR
| Open: 09/19/14 Close: 10/11/14
Steeped in the epic realism of O’Neill, yet stylistically unique, The Twelfth Labor tells the story of a family struggling to survive at any cost. Esther, bereft of her husband, struggles mightily to keep her family afloat as they await their father’s return from the war. When her mentally handicapped daughter, Cleo, becomes pregnant Esther is forced to make a series of difficult decisions.
Through Cleo’s fragmented memories, prophetic dreams, and swirling language, we begin to understand the price she and her family have paid for a little dignity. All while they await the return of their long absent father, lost in the war, half a world away.
“The Twelfth Labor is based on my family’s history. Like Esther in the play, the hardships my own great-grandmother endured to secure a better life cost her much,” says playwright Leegrid Stevens. “We are compelled to pursue the American Dream but for many people in this country, my great-grandmother included, that dream is terribly elusive, laying far off, mirage-like, at the end of vast and long labors. I know the mythology states that Hercules ultimately completed the twelve labors, and now rests in the heavens as a God, but I don’t believe it. Wherever Hercules is, he’s struggling still.”
The Twelfth Labor draws from several sources to tell the story of Esther and her family, including James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, the labors of Hercules, as well as Abbott & Costello and Wizard of Oz. The play’s style shifts from realism to impressionism to magic realism as the focus of the action shifts from the present to memory to dream. The play explores the incredible landscapes that exist in the human mind, even a damaged mind. Throughout a single day Cleo travels decades, experiencing devastating tragedy, brilliant joy, and persistent labor, a lifetime within twenty four hours.
Matt Torney directs a cast of eleven, including Cynthia Babak*, Amy Bizjak*, Jed Dickson*, Jonathan Draxton, Dennis Gagomiros*, Shelby Hightower, Michael Huston*, Tanis LePore, Lynne McCollough*, Erin Treadway, and Brian White.
About the Company: Loading Dock Theatre
Loading Dock Theatre was formed by playwright/director Leegrid Stevens and actor Erin Treadway. The company is based in Brooklyn where they rehearse and build shows. The primary focus of Loading Dock is to create original plays that explore the extremes in human behavior. They produce emotional, character driven plays with an experimental edge.
|WAR DREAMER: AN IMMERSIVE NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR PLAY WITH ORIGINAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC
| Open: 03/18/22 Close: 04/03/22
A new psychological horror play with an original, immersive “dark noise” and “doom electronics” sound design following a female solider re-integrating into society after multiple tours in Iraq.
Inside Jesse, they are building something. Tormented by subdermal machines and disillusioned amid a flood of conspiracy theories, paranormal visions and traumatic events, Jesse tries to build normalcy and a purpose for herself in America. With an original electronic music score, War Dreamer explores the impact of new technology within the mental landscape of a soldier struggling for a cohesive reality, jumping between the past, the present, and the delusional without explanation or warning. When do both belief and fantasy become essential to survival?
Written by Leegrid Stevens who co-directs with Jacob Titus, the cast of seven includes Shawn Davis, E. James Ford, Sam Tilles, and E.B. Treadway, as well as Poppy Luch, Rowan Luch, and Ruby Titus, who are rotating in the role of young Alex.
About the Company: Loading Dock Theatre
Loading Dock is a Brooklyn-based company committed to the creation and production of original theatre that explores the extremes in the human experience. We produce emotional, character-driven shows with an experimental edge. As a company, Loading Dock has earned 2 Drama Desk nominations, 9 Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 4 Innovative Theatre Award wins. We create big plays, like: A woman on a solo mission to Mars (Spaceman), Family memories coming alive as a malfunctioning 8-bit video game (The Dudleys!), transforming our small loft into an investment bank (Ms Julie, Asian Equities), seeing through the eyes of young woman with a damaged mind on a farm in 1950Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s America (The Twelfth Labor) and the Trojan War told through the lens of an Texas high school in the 80Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s (Trojans). We also produce Forklift, a monthly reading series in our space where we invite companies, playwrights and theatre-makers to use our space for staged works-in progress.