Genre: Drama, Other
Written and directed by Joan Evans

Inspired by the 1930’s Dustbowl photographs of Walker Evans andDorothea Lange, the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movementand Dance Theatre (MAD) at Stella Adler Studio will present the WorldPremiere of DECADE AT A GLANCE. Written and directed by Joan Evanswith a cast of 15, this blend of theatrical documentary and folkmusical begins February 11 at Stella Adler Studio. In March 2010, theproduction will travel to New Orleans for its Louisiana Premiere at Michalopoulos Studio, produced by Artist Inc.

DECADE AT A GLANCE is an epic story of a few families in the Dustbowl,circa 1936, who are uprooted from their farmland by drought, duststorms and mortgage foreclosure. Making the treacherous journey outwest as migrant workers, these ordinary hard working people -- somewith hopes dashed, and dreams deferred or dissolved -- ultimately jointhe union marches. Unfolding like a series of living photographs, thestory, told from the point of view of a Dustbowl survivor, is relatedthrough songs, movement, and interviews preserved from the 1930’s.

The similarities and differences between the Great Depression, and ourown times, are self evident when we listen to simple people tell theirstories. The gestural and expressive movement evokes images of thetime. The actors sing and play the violin, flute, guitar, and ukulele.The music combines Depression-era songs, union march songs from the1930’s, and original vocal harmonies.

Joan Evans has been creating and performing original physical theatrework since 1975. She won a Fringe First Award at the 1996 EdinburghFringe Festival for creating, directing, and choreographing theensemble piece Where Ravens Rule, a theatrical response to the war inBosnia. She has toured her solo work in Austria, Brazil, and Germany.She has performed her work at such theatres as the Performing Garageand Manhattan Class Company in NYC, and the Eugene O'Neill TheatreCenter In Connecticut. She has been the recipient of four NationalEndowment for the Arts Theatre Grants. She was awarded a 1993,Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette(UNIMA) for her work combining dance, acting, and puppetry in Rico andDolores. She has taught and directed at Stella Adler for two decades.


Open:   02/11/10
Close:   02/19/10

Wednesday - Saturday at
7:30pm. Running time is 65 minutes.
Theater:   Stella Adler Studio
Address:   31 West 27th Street
New York, NY
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between Broadway and 6th Avenue -- accessible from the N/R train at 28th Street or the F train at 23rd Street.

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