Behind the Lid, which presented audiences with an array of vignettes that featured Twist and four puppeteers performing alongside effigies and totems of Nagrin, ran for only six weeks in 2007. It began performances June 3, just four days before Nagrin died at the age of 78. The production received strong critical response, including praise from the New York Times.
The intimate work, which was presented for only 18 audience members at a time, was filmed by Steve Lippman days after the production closed at Nagrin's now-gone Silver Whale Gallery at 21 Bleecker Street. Due to cost and issues with Nagrin's estate, the film was never completed.
Producer Barbara Busackino and Twist (Arias With a Twist, The Addams Family) have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete work on the film. Click here to learn more.
Funds raised will support color correction, editorial, titles/credit design, additional dialogue recording/dubbing, sound mixing and will help with the creation of screening/archive masters that can be shared with film festivals around the globe.
Here's how the production is described: "Behind the Lid is the story of an older woman in her 70's who is looking back on her life through a dream; within the dream of the performance, the real memories and real dreams of this woman are revealed through the confluence of text, puppetry, music and light. As the audience takes a journey through this woman's life, they will 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, is Lee Nagrin's, the prime creator of the text. Twist creates the puppetry, and performs alongside Nagrin."
Behind the Lid was directed and designed by Twist, with costume design by Sally Ann Parsons, lighting design by Tony Giovanetti, sound design by Moira Lael MacDonald and projection design by Daniel Brode.
It was performed by Twist, Oliver Dalzell, Yvette Edery, Randy Ginsburg, Kirsten Kammermeyer and Jamie Moore.