2006 | KNOWING BLISS (2005 New Works Contest Winner)
In Spring 2006, MultiStages produced Knowing Bliss by Arden Kass, Directed by Artistic Director Lorca Peress at Teatro La Tea. MultiStages was invited to perform the play in the Theatre for the New City’s Lower Eastside Festival. This complex piece takes us on an emotional journey between an estranged African-American Anthropologist and her Caucasian actress mother as they visit the Anasazi Cliff dwellings. MultiStages brought in dancers to create the landscape, a shape-shifting Coyote, and memories of the Anasazi people, as well as Music, Video and Mask Design.
The cast featured an international company: Emmy Winner Blanche Baker, Carlos Fittante, Candice Waugh Myers, Natasa Babic, James Birch, Belén Cascón Rojo, Gonçalo Faria, Yuki Kawahisa, Nadia Rahman, Saskia Seligman. Multidisciplinary elements included Music By David Amram (innovative blending of classical music and diverse Native American compositions); traditional Native American songs; Video Design by Austrian visual artist and Fulbright Scholar Elisabeth Fraller; Choreography by Carlos Fittante of the Balam Dance Theatre; and Mask Design By Lorca Peress. Sets/Costumes by Peter Janis; Associate Producer, René Keller.