"What you might
not expect are the solid performances... the excellent space design, the
highly creative lighting effects, awesome sound design, and the
imaginative and inspired staging choices... The ensemble, under Robbel's
almost Living Theater aesthetic, is uniformly strong."
Don Hall, An Angry White Guy in Chicago
Francis Sadac, From the Ledge
February 2009 saw the Right Brain Project's first production in their new home, the RBP Rorschach. Arrabal's ceremonial play proved to be the RBP's most acclaimed productions thus far. Influenced by the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, Arrabal's play is a theatrical animalistic cry to the heavens. Four political prisoners dream and hope for a new age of reason, enlightenment and love. Arrabal's script thrusts the audience into a world of dreams that teeter between the harshest violence man is capable of, and loving tenderness and beauty. In the RBP's production, each audience member was asked to remove his or her shoes and were led into the space by an actor. They were separated from their party and sat on the floor as the actor stayed with them and held their hand. Incorporating sight, sound, and touch,And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers brought the actor and audience closer than ever before to reflect on man's cruelty and celebrate the beauty of what we are all capable of.
The Right Brain Project's 2010 world premiere production of Randall Colburn's Hesperia opened at the RBP Rorschach on July 15 and ran through August 14 with the following creative team:
Director: Nathan Robbel
Stage Manager: Anya Clingman
Set/Lights/Sound Design: Anthony Ingram
Costumes/Props Design: Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Featuring: Chad Fess, Rosy Gonzalez, Stacie Hauenstein, Tracy Kraatz, Dennis Newport, Erin Elizabeth Orr, Joseph Stearns, and Bries Vannon