A modern fairy tale opens the theatre department season

October 9, 2013 11:00 AM

New Wave staff

She isn’t in Kansas anymore. The Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2013-14 season on Oct. 15 with Still Life With Iris, a play that examines history, identity and the search for home.

Still Life With Iris

Guest artist Luis Galindo plays Mr. Matternot to Erica Badowski’s Iris, a girl who is on a journey to find her way home. (Photo by Arynne Sherouse)

The story begins in the land of Nocturno, where the inhabitants design and construct the world we see every day — painting colors on the flowers, teaching the wind to whistle and signaling for day to break. Everyone who lives in Nocturno wears intricate, colorful coats that are the physical manifestation of their memories and their past.

When Iris is separated from her coat and sent to live with the rulers of Nocturno, she begins a journey to rediscover her identity, recapture her past and find her way back home.

The play, written by contemporary playwright Steven Dietz, stars senior Erica Badowski as Iris and is directed by Sara Valentine, a visiting associate professor in the department.

Valentine calls Still Life With Iris, “a story about memory and loss, the delicate nature of memory and the mark our past leaves on us. The play is a fantasy-adventure story with magical elements that are reminiscent of fairy tales we’re all familiar with, including The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland as well as the more recent Neil Gaiman story, Coraline.”

Still Life With Iris features costume design by assistant professor Kirche Zeile with set design by graduate student Derek Blanco and lighting design by Marty Sachs, professor and chair of the department, who has won scores of awards.   

The play takes the Lupin Theater stage in the Dixon Hall Annex on the Tulane University uptown campus Oct. 15–20. General admission tickets are $12, with $9 tickets for members of the Tulane University community and $8 tickets for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Lupin Theater box office.

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