Wistaria (2013-14)


Home Theatre (private homes) . Hillyer Art Space at The Capital Fringe Festival . SOAK Festival 2013 & 2014 . The Gershwin Hotel . The Drilling Company

"Somewhere in this interplay of light and shadow, Wistaria points toward important questions and about American history, feminism, dick jokes, slavery, freedom, literature, fart noises, contemporary politics, deviled eggs, and much, much more." 5 stars. Best of the Capital Fringe. <DC Metro Theatre Arts>

"Overall, Wistaria is experimental, but the cast is charming and talented, polite enough that with a little encouragement they had the whole audience singing “glory, glory, hallelujah” along with them. If that kind of production isn’t your cup of tea, this isn’t one for beginners — it can be confusing, even uncomfortable, but rewarding, in that it encourages reflection and critical thought about how we each experience our political and cultural identities, whatever they may be."  <DC Theatre Scene>

“[An] unconventional, refreshing theatrical experience…. an art happening in which one enters into a brave, passionate, stimulating world that forces the viewer to contemplate who they are in relation to others.” –NYTheatre.com

Wistaria is a transgressive, extra-theatrical, performance event that appears in peoples’ homes and other unexpected places. It springs from the form of an inclusive prayer meeting, inviting the audience to sing with us as we challenge our historical past and present through a hallucinatory amalgam of seminal U.S. texts, traditional song, and actions both mysterious and banal — and deviled eggs.

Wistaria was begun during a 2013-2014 LEIMAY Fellowship, CAVE, Brooklyn, NY, and through the generosity of Terra Incognita Theater.

You Will Make A Difference (2012)

An Immersive Performance Landscape.

West-Park Presbyterian Church

Drawing on diverse materials, including Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, medieval pageant plays, '90s suburbia, My So-Called Life, and the performers’ own stories, You Will Make A Difference explored our current moment. An ensemble led its audience through various spaces on several floors of the beautiful, dilapidated West-Park Presbyterian Church. Formed over an atypical, six-month process, this collaboratively devised performance invited the audience on a journey to discover where they really were. The communal ending included a small, shared meal prepared by Artist/Chef Anne Apparu, along with live fiddle music by Sarah Alden. Apparu created full meals as part of extended performances on October 20 and November 11.

Created through AliveWire Theatrics's A/M/P Residency and a LEIMAY Black Studio Fellowship.

Deviser/Director: Jeremy Goren
Assistant Director/Stage Manager:  Shelley Molad
Set Design:  Sandy Yaklin
Lighting Design:  Jess Greenberg

The Ensemble:   Stephanie Eiss, Tara Elliott, Nicki Kontolefa, Jeff Kitrosser, Laura Riveros, Derek Spaldo, & Martha Frances Liv Williams

Also featuring: Ben Lambert, Claire Lebowitz, Rishika Mehrishi, Samantha Rivers Cole.

Live music: Sarah Alden

Culinary: Anne Apparu

Producers:  Chana Porter & Eric Borlaug
Production Manager: Scott Rodrigue
Video Editor/Production Assoc.: Bridget Durkin

"A truly experimental and immersive experience.... Avant-garde yet deeply felt...." (Flavorpill - Editor's Pick)

Conceived and Directed by Jeremy Goren.Created by: Stephanie Eiss, Jeremy Goren, Jenna Kirk, Tommy Schell.Other performers: Derek Spaldo, Rishika Mehrishi, Casey Lange, Kyra Sims, Lemur Onkyokei, Angeli, Alexandra Zajaczkowski, Laura Bernas, Richard Sheinmel.