Still Life With Iris - coming December 2018
This piece is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award. Still Life with Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people's minds but instead are kept in their coats (called 'Past Coats'). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the "best" of everything on their island—and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris' past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey—Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11)" on a journey to discover herself, home, and the importance of the past.
Fine & Performing Arts
As the Fine and Performing Arts department, we believe that ALL arts (art, dance, media arts, music, and theatre) are academic and vital to EVERY student in their preparation for their lives past high school, including college and career. Once students complete their matriculation, we want students to:
- ~ be aware of arts as a legitimate career-path and/or its influence on other career choices,
- ~ engage in critical thinking on a variety of levels in Bloom’s taxonomy,
- ~ feel empowered to showcase their own creative voice as a developing artist,
- ~ experience intellectual and emotional growth, and
- ~ demonstrate the skill and knowledge required to participate in the professional arts community.