The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederico Garcia Lorca, presented at the Walt Disney Modular Theater. Directed by Julianne Just. November 2011.
MOTH is an original interdisciplinary opera set in rural western Tennessee. Mother and her only surviving daughter, Bird, live alone in a house on a lake. Fearing that she will drown like her three older sisters, Mother doesn't let Bird out of the house. As Bird's curiosity and resistance increases, Mother is unable to keep natural forces out of Bird's life, and nature begins to consume their home. Guided by the ghosts of her drowned sisters through a Southern Gothic landscape, Bird discovers that her sisters are trapped in the lake and that there are otherworldly forces at play. Bird comes to believe that only she can free her sisters--and prevent her own untimely death.
Directed by Julianne Just, Composed by Ellen Reid, Libretto by Amy Tofte, Produced by Free Agent
Little Eyolf by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Julianne Just. Lighting by Adam Frank. Featuring Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Gabriela Trigo-McIntyre, Laurel Koerner, Genevieve Gearhart, and Matthew Goodrich. Presented by the CalArts Festival Theater at Venue 13 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2011. August 5-20th. www.venue13.com
Margery and Me (Studio Fall 2012 REDCAT)
Written and Performed by Moira MacDonald
Directed by Julianne Just
Assistant Director Genevieve Gearhart
Music Composed by Chris Porter
Video Design by Gina Napolitan
Puppeters: Jesse Kingsley, Baxley Andersen, Matthew Barmberg-Johnson
Margery and Me explores and challenges the idea of biography and autobiography. It examines how we understand and tell another person’s story, and in doings so, how the story becomes our own. Inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe, which was written in the Middle Ages and is widely regarded as the first English autobiography, detailing Margery’s mystical experiences, conversations with God, and many pilgrimages. Despite being a fascinating historical figure with an incredible rich and diverse life, what makes Margery Kempe’s story so deeply compelling is how remarkably flawed and human she is throughout. Margery never hides what makes her different, her faults, her flaws, for they are the essence of she, they are gifts from God. Blessed with the gift of tears, Margery seeks for her place in the world, her God, her home. Through this meditation on Margery’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, writer and performer, Moira MacDonald seeks to find her own truth by accessing and giving voice to Margery’s interior world through her own quest for home, struggles with faith, and vivid memories of childhood in Alaska.