by Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton
The Civic- Carver Center; February 2019
Direction: Atis Kleinbergs
Lighting, Sound & Projection Design: Catherine M. Pratt
Scenic Design: April Thomson
Costume Design: Elizabeth Haas
Photography: Catherine M. Pratt
"Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was Andre an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre?"
While it is difficult to watch someone suffer from dementia, it can be more challenging for those suffering from the disease to understand what is happening around them. The design for this production focused on the confusion Andre faces as daily events get jumbled together. Lighting and projections informed the audience of what time of day Andre feels he is in, showing the confusion as we shift from afternoon to morning to nighttime. Sound slowly deteriorated throughout the performance to auditorially communicate the progression dementia has on our memory and brain.