This year theatre artists acknowledged the other hemisphere of the brain (the one that deals with math and sciences) with David Auburn's Proof, Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum's Fermat's Last Tango and Tony winner Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. But, for Theodora Skipitares, whose Optic Fever plays at New York City's La MaMa E.T.C. Jan. 4-21, that's all old hat.
Conceived, designed, written and directed by Skipitares, Fever explores the world of such Renaissance artists as Leonardo Da Vinci and the lesser-known Paolo Uccello. The play contains an ensemble of puppets that range from tiny to life-sized that probe the principles of perspective, engineering and geometry. (The show was originally titled The Age of the Eye.)
The science of art has been the focus of all of Skipitares' earlier works as well. Those include Micropolis, Defenders of the Code, The Radiant City, Underground and more recently The Harlot's Progress which won her an American Theatre Wing special design award.
Fever contains a musical score composed by David First. The production also features additional texts by David Adjami, lighting design by Pat Dignan and video design by Kay Hines. Narration is handled by Michael Moran and the puppeteers include Sarah Provost, Preston Foerder, Alissa Mello and Chris Maresca.