Life Jacket Theatre Company will present Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey April 29-May 22 at HERE. Written and directed by Travis Russ, the work spans 50 years, following the artist through the various stages of his life. The new work will blend fact and fiction and use puppetry and projections. Gorey was a writer and artist well known for his illustrated books.
“Gorey investigates the artist’s dark imagination, his personal demons, and the heartbreaking loneliness of creative genius,“ state press notes. “The result is a compelling collection of fragmented memories that are lyrical, revealing, and often funny.“
“We’re very excited to bring our imagining of the life of Edward Gorey to the stage,” says Russ. “The more we delved into Gorey’s work and his interviews, the more intrigued we became about the real man hidden behind the literary myth. We’ve created an intimate production that provides an up-close-and-personal look at one of America’s most original artists.”
Watch a video of the kind of puppetry used in the show below:
The play stars Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen and Aidan Sank. The production features projection and lighting design by John Narun; puppetry design by Elizabeth Ostler; sound design by Emma Wilk; choreography by Katie Proulx; costume design by Peri Grabin; and original art by Russell Warren-Fisher. Carl Vorwerk is technical director.