BEHIND THE LID
"Rather like the great experiment that was avant-garde theater in New York for the second half of the 20th century. "Behind the Lid" is an evocation not only of Ms. Nagrin but also of an entire theatrical subculture that now has only a flickering existence." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
A work created by playwright/performer Lee Nagrin and puppeteer/performer Basil Twist.
"BEHIND THE LID" was an excavation, a 3D story of an older woman in her 70's looking back on her life through a dream. Within the performance dreamworld, real memories and real dreams of this woman are revealed through the confluence of text, puppetry, video. music. light, exhibition and location. As the audience takes a journey through this woman’s fiercely independent and artistic life, the become the inhabitants of her mind and they form their own dream as they experience layer upon layer of her memories, of her life. The woman's life and dreams, as the play reveals, are Lee Nagrin's, the author of the text. Behind The Lid" broke away from traditional staging techniques. The ground level and garden spaces of two New York City buildings were turned topsy-turvy to reveal new worlds, while an intimate audience of 18 traveled through this hand made world over the course of 90 minutes.
Twist created the world through puppetry and changing sets. He also directed and performed alongside effigies of Nagrin.
Behind the Lid premiered at The Silver Whale Gallery, 22 Bleecker Street in New York City.
Performances ran May 29 - June 24, 2007.
This is the first initial twenty minute of the BEHIND THE LID film; a work-in-progress with sound limitations, but a glimpse of things to come. In honor of Lee Negrin. Steven Lippman AKA FLIP, Film Director/Editor, Jeremy L Kotin, Film Producer/Editor
"Rather like the great experiment that was avant-garde theater in New York for the second half of the 20th century. "Behind the Lid" is an evocation not only of Ms. Nagrin but also of an entire theatrical subculture that now has only a flickering existence." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Created by Lee Nagrin and Basil Twist
Performed by Basil Twist
With Puppeteers; Oliver Dalzell, Yvette Edery, Jamie Moore, Flora Shepherd, Kirsten Kammermeyer and Randy Ginsburg.
Puppetry and Set Design- Basil Twist, Costume Design - Sally Ann Parsons, Lighting Design - Tony Giovannetti, Projection Design - Daniel Brodie, Sound Design and Production Stage Manager- Moria MacDonald, Master Carpenter-Moishe Secovney, Sound and Video Associate-Masako Kataoka, Press Representative: David Gersten & Associates,
Produced by Barbara Busackino/Tandem Otter Productions and StreetDance Productions, Silver Whale Gallery, New York 2007. Puppetry & Set Build: Lake Simons, Amanda Friou, Matt Leabo, Heather Serht, Veronica Rabinovich, Mary Kate Rix, , Kevin Taylor, Oliver Dalzell, Yvette Edery, Jamie Moore, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Flora Shepherd, Randy Ginsburg, Rose Howard, Silvi Wool, Ian MacTilstra
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