BEHIND THE SCENES:
OUT LOUD'S FIRST WORLD PREMIERE
ESCAPE explores a journey of great personal loss and the places that indescribable grief can take us, both in our tangible reality and in the depths of our own imagination.
OUT LOUD Theatre and the 5 person ensemble of ESCAPE are in the process of devising this entirely original piece that will act as OUT LOUD's first official 'World Premiere' this June. ESCAPE explores one woman's experience interfacing first hand with her personal form of grief (played by Natasha Cole) through the loss of her twin brother (played by Justin Fortin). Haunted by the pain of losing her twin, we experience how grief creates a ripple effect throughout her life while simultaneously examining how each character processes grief on their own terms. Erika Rethorn portrays the woman's 'Partner', Patricia Hawkridge portrays the woman's 'Mother', and Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley portrays the woman's 'Therapist', each exploring how this particular loss effects these dynamic and interpersonal relationships.
The ESCAPE ensemble have collectively taken the time to delve into these characters authentic voices, creating piece by piece the aspects of their lives that feel important to express their individual truths. "We have found that it is a very different process devising from a theme or concept verses jumping off of a specific source material that we are working to adapt or re-imagine," says Artistic Director, Kira Hawkridge. "This story and its characters are all our own. It was important to us as a collaborative ensemble to give this piece room to breathe, grow, and evolve authentically and organically. As our first true 'World Premiere', ESCAPE called upon an expansive time frame to allow it to truly thrive, and Season 6 was the perfect opportunity to make that a reality."
So where does a piece focused on grief and loss fit within a Season of "unreality"?
"What feels more surreal than the loss of a loved one? What changes our reality more than experiencing grief? This piece strives to offer a window into one woman's experience, creating a safe space to engage with the difficult subject matter this piece presents."
ESCAPE is OUT LOUD's second installment in their upcoming 3-Part Series premiering this June, all part of OUT LOUD's Season 6: Seeing is Believing (An Exploration of Fantasy & Unreality).
FIRST LOOK AT ESCAPE | COLLABORATION WITH PIQUANT PHOTO
"One of the reasons I find ESCAPE so exciting is the fact that the ensemble is the source material - whatever we bring to the room - articles, videos, or our own experiences, shapes the product we're creating. Its creation and collaboration pushed to the hilt, and that feels exactly right considering grief is non-linear, messy, and one of the most intimate things we experience. I'm also so grateful that this show exists within the season 6 structure; it gives us time to incubate and come back with fresh eyes and gives us room to let the other pieces inform and inspire us. "
“This is my first time working on a devised piece with OUT LOUD. Over these past few months working with this ensemble it’s but nothing but rewarding. I’m so grateful to be working with these women and I can’t wait to show you ESCAPE this June. “
ESCAPE: IN REHEARSAL
"The movement work and process of building ESCAPE has given me an opportunity to interface with, and gain understanding from, deep emotion. I’m hoping this show can help audience members feel safe, understood, and able to accept grief and loss in an open way." - Erika Rethorn
"This process is entirely devised, with no existing source material, and it's thrilling to work on. I feel strongly that all of our previous processes have prepared us to tackle something this vulnerable and unscripted, and to create a moving and resonant piece like ESCAPE. The subject matter we explore here is sensitive and raw, and I'm endlessly grateful that our ensemble is so open and supportive of each other." - Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley
The ESCAPE ensemble have spent January & February 2018 engaging with one another through discussions and movement improvs based on specific guided prompts and free-form relationship dynamics. Musician, Stephen Decataldo, has been a integral part of the ESCAPE ensemble and their collaborative physical explorations and movement improv processes. Stephen's improvised musical material works in tandem with the ESCAPE ensemble's physical exploration of these characters and their given circumstances. Stephen's music will be featured during the World Premiere of ESCAPE this June.