I have had the humble honor of working for Next Theatre Company this fall on their first production of their 31st season, Jordan Harrison’s Maple & Vine.
The play is a dramaturg’s dream. The Next Theatre Company website describes the play as: Kathy and Ryu, a successful NYC couple, have become allergic to their 21st century lives. After meeting a charismatic man from a community of 1950’s re-enactors, they forgo cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors – and they themselves – are willing to sacrifice for happiness.”
After presenting my dramaturgical work at first rehearsal, artistic director, Jenny Avery asked if I would be willing to make the packet available to everyone on their website. Below is their description of the dramaturg’s role, and their shout out to me and my work.
“This week we bring you an in depth look at the dramaturgy of Maple and Vine. Oftentimes when working on a play, actors, directors and designers will find that their roles require knowledge and background beyond those that their own life experiences can provide. In order to bridge this gap a production will employ what’s known as a dramaturg who conducts extensive historical and cultural research for the purpose of helping the cast and production team immerse themselves in the world of the play. This research culminates in a dramaturgical packet that is given out the first day of rehearsal. In this packet is everything from research imagery, to customs from the era, to period recipes to a glossary of terms – essentially anything and everything that will be helpful in creating a character and design. Our wonderful dramaturg for Maple and Vine, Alexis Links, has graciously given us permission to publish her packet on the web. You can take a look at some sample pages of the stunning dramaturgical work she has done at the bottom of this post, and I definitely encourage you to download the complete packet by clicking the link below.
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TO SEE THE FULL PACKET: