"Oscar Wilde's awkward 1891 tragedy... (is) a bold choice for the Right Brain Project but ultimately well suited to the group's particular brand of lush, demented theater. In the title role, Shantelle Szyper anchors a strong cast for director Nathan Robbel..." —Keith Griffith, The Chicago Reader (Recommended)
"In another seldom-produced classic that the serious actor, director and theatre scholar will want to see, the Right Brain Project has again met the challenge. More grandiose productions can be imagined, but (the RBP's) epic minimalism makes Oscar Wilde’s play both accessible and intimate and smartly manages to focus all the attention on his actors." - Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review (Recommended)
"Lapine and Rabensburg have such enormous stage presence that they get away with the sometimes flippant tone, adding enough gravitas to what they say to let us know to take the play seriously. Szyper is phenomenal as the titular character... a mesmerizingly layered performance. Her dance is appropriately seductive-yet-elegant, and realized by the ensemble and production team... Ever-willing to take risks, the Right Brain Project once again hits more often than it misses in bringing a script to life. Head out to see this stylized classic unfold practically in your lap." - Keith Glab, Chicago Theater Beat
"The female prowess is in charge. Not only does Shantelle Szyper (Salome) hold court, the noteworthy Charlesanne Rabensburg (Herodias) commands respect. Salome's dance will make people lose their heads. It’s a visual stunner!" - Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
The Right Brain Project concluded its ninth season with Samuel Beckett's classic of absurdist drama, helmed by guest director Aaron Snook, with an environment conceived by Arnel Sancianco.
An audience waits. A man prepares. Finally, hopefully, necessarily, the day has arrived and an invitation is made to witness the end. Clov has been working towards this moment for what seems like an eternity. Forever ago, he arrived to say goodbye, and instead, he has been saying hllo ever since. Over time, Clov has tirelessly and meticulously created the perfect world in which the indefatigable Hamm might allow himself to go. He hopes. Thus began a new envisioning of a seminal work of absurdist theatre, which sheds new light on the complex mediation on family and death in a fashion only the RBP can do...
The Right Brain Project's 2014 production of Endgam opened at the RBP Rorschach on September 4, and ran through October 4 with the following creative team:
Director: Aaron Snook
Stage Manager: Krista Reeves*
Assistant Director: Joseph Ramski*
Set Design: Arnel Sancianco
Light Design: Michael C. Smith*
Costume Design: Elsa Hiltner
Publicity Card Design: Joseph Ramski*
Featuring: Vincent Lonergan, Bries Vannon, Lena Bloom, and Ralph Knowlson
*Denotes RBP Company Member/Associate
Production headshots by Joseph Ramski.
Production photography by Tom McGrath.