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Play Lab: Red and Parzival

UMASS NEW PLAY LAB is the anchor of our Fringe Festival with two exciting new works by two of our graduate students.
Free, but reservations are encouraged. Available in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.

Parzival 
by Percival Hornak
April 22, 27, & 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Rand Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass
Parzival is a contemporary trans retelling of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, about a young knight who stumbles into a quest that changes his life and reveals his hidden destiny. The play takes inspiration from fanfiction to tell the story of a teen who explores his gender through the Parzival story as its protagonist learns about chivalry, becomes a knight, and searches for the Holy Grail, winning jousts and the hearts of fair young maidens along the way. 

Scroll down for credits and a note from the creative team.

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert. 
A Wild Adaptation 

by Bianca Dillard
April 21 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m., May 4 at 6:45 in Durfee Gardens. May 4 show is first-come, first-served, bring your own seating.
Curtain Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass
Red dramatizes the writings of Terry Tempest Williams and the urgency of climate action. Williams is a naturalist who wrestles with community, religious tradition, politics, always with her eye on the fragility of human life. This piece explores questions like: how do we create and claim a personal ethos and sense of spirituality while being rooted in a place and a community bound to conservative religion and politics? Can we honor where we’ve come from in a way that protects life on this planet as we all hurtle closer to climate disaster? What mix of tools can aid us on our journey: grace, rage, community, empathy, acceptance, wildness itself, Magic? Unabashedly & wildly theatrical, 4th wall breaking, embracing of movement, extreme casting and our collective imaginations! 

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RED Information | PARZIVAL Information

RED Information

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert.
— A Wild Adaptation —

Adapted by Bianca Dillard

Director: Hilary Dennis
Movement Coordinator: Michelle Erard
Props & Costumes: Chenoa Albertson
Dramaturgs: Georgia Fowler & Micki Kleinman
Stage Managers: Itai Abramovich and Zee Foster
Puppets: Bianca Dillard

CAST
Terry/Bianca: Bianca Dillard
Man: Micki Kleinman
Stage Manager: Cate Boram
Stage Directions: Linyi Lin
Swing: Preston Knecht

Production Manager: Julie Fife
Technical Director: Chris Konstantinidis
Costume Shop Manager: Kristin Jensen
Lighting Supervisor: Michael Dubin
Sound Supervisor: Arshan Gailus

Costume Design Advisor: Yao Chen
Lighting Design Advisor: Penny Remsen
Sound Design Advisors: Arshan Gailus, Amy Altadonna
Stage Management Advisor: Julie Fife

This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council

Excerpts adapted from the following writings by Terry Tempest Williams:
Adapted from Refuge
by Terry Tempest Williams, Copyright ©1991.
Used by permission of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. All rights reserved

Adapted from An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field
by Terry Tempest Williams, copyright © 1994.
Used by permission of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. All rights reserved.

Adapted from Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert.
Copyright © 1995, 1998 by Terry Tempest Williams.
Used by permission of Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. All rights reserved.

Adapted from Leap
by Terry Tempest Williams, © Copyright 2000.
Used by permission of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. All rights reserved

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Special Thanks:
Terry Tempest Williams
Theresa Godard
David Bull
Valerie Jorgensen
Harley Erdman
Maegan Bergeron-Clearwood
Christopher Baker
Rudy Ramirez
Rachel Anderson
Datie Clements-Kyle
New Play Project
Grassroots Shakespeare Company

In Loving Memory of Eric Samuelsen

PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT
Associate Production Manager: Pedro Eiras
Production Assistants: Aleen Karakouzian and Lianna Fife Wiggall
Fringe Crew: Autumn Marchetto, Andrè Meservey, Alex Russell, Aaron Disner, Anna Zaczek, Lars Thies, Genesis Locke, Noah Rosenzweig

SCENIC DEPARTMENT
Scenic Construction Director: Brandon Hall
Scenic Artisan: Carl Bridge
Scene Shop Teaching Assistant: Drishti Chauhan
Scene Shop Assistants: Ethan Brayall-Brown, Zaria Cannon, Duncan Hilliard, Roshan Kharbanda
Deck Crew: Parker Fisher, Michael Donnelly, Maryellen Tisdell

LIGHTING  DEPARTMENT
Graduate Assistant: Hyejung Kang
Electrics Shop Assistants: Tess Beckwith, Olivia Darling, Kaiden Elison, Bobby Gaffney, Abby Hare, Jemma Kepner, Anika Nayak, Sam Patterson, Elana Peisner, Sena Yacteen

SOUND  DEPARTMENT
Sound Engineer: Eddie Pizzano
Board Operator: Douglas Edwards
Sound Crew: Ethan Lewis, Julian Buitrago       

COSTUME AND MAKE-UP DEPARTMENT
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Felicia Malachite
Production Assistants: Malory Grillo, Chenoa Alberston, Emily Peck
Stitchers: Taylor Lennon
Wardrobe Supervisors: Chenoa Albertson, Emily Irene Peck
Dressers: Foster Marfo, Luna Barros Gallina, DeShaun Darling
Hair and Makeup Run Crew: Claudia Ferreira-Rodrigues, Kasey Regan
Costume Stock Assistant: Parker Traphagen

PUBLICITY, HOUSE AND BUSINESS STAFF
Public Relations Director and House Manager: Anna-Maria Goossens
Poster Design: Bianca Dillard
Associate House Managers: Natasha Hawkins, Anna Norcross
Box Office Managers: Roxanne Edel, Arianna Morales
House and Publicity Crew: Andrew Bove, Lindsay Forauer, Bobby Gaffney, Zachary Graczyk, Mary Henry, Preston Knecht, Claudia Maurino, Arjun Misra, Arnav Mohan, Jr  Moreno, Kitty Ryan
Business Manager: Joanne Corbeil-Harper
Administrative Assistant: Bethany Sherwood
Department Chair: Harley Erdman
General Manager: Willow Cohen

Parzival Information

Parzival
by Percival Hornak

Director/Playwright: Percival Hornack
Dramaturgs: Natasha Hawkins, Isabella Vitti
Puppetry Team: Phoebe Bell, Ryan Muller, MJ Pierce, Crow Traphagen, Isabella Vitti, Natasha Hawkins
Puppeteers: Phoebe Bell, Ryan Muller
Choreographer: Eloise Arnold
Stage Manager/Sound Designer: Catarina Martins
Assistant Stage Manager: Darcy Kaufman

CAST
Parzival: Nat Irmer
Wolfram: Crow Traphagen
Herzeloyde/Cundrie/Trevrizent: MJ Pierce
Knight/Servant/Gawan: Siddharth Sharma
King Arthur/Anfortas: Eloise Arnold
Ither/Clamide/Keie: Ryan Muller
Sigune/Woman/Squire: Annie Gallivan
Lady in the Castle/Condwiramurs/Page: Alexandra Protter
Messenger/Gurnemanz/Segramors: Phoebe Bell
Stage Directions: Hia Ghosh

Production Manager: Julie Fife
Technical Director: Chris Konstantinidis
Costume Shop Manager: Kristin Jensen
Lighting Supervisor: Michael Dubin
Sound Supervisor: Arshan Gailus

Costume Design Advisor: Yao Chen
Lighting Design Advisor: Penny Remsen
Sound Design Advisors: Arshan Gailus, Amy Altadonna
Stage Management Advisor: Julie Fife

There will be a 10-minute intermission.

Please stay for a post-show talkback immdiately following the April 22 performance.

Special thanks to Harley Erdman, the Fall ‘21 Art of Adaptation class, Christopher Diercksen, and Charles Linton

A Note from the Creative Team
by Isabella Vitti and Percival Hornak

Wolfram von Eschenbach was a writer from a very long time ago who took a poem called Perceval, le Conte du Graal by Chrétien de Troyes — a writer from even longer ago — and wrote his own, finished version — Parzival. Wolfram’s adaptation is part of the general tradition of Arthurian legend, in which writers build off of a group of stories and reinvent them, creating a vast and interconnected body of legend about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. As with many stories from the 13th century, our Parzival takes existing characters and narratives and remakes them; this play, however, borrows the framework of contemporary fanfiction to do its reinvention of the original text.

As he writes his Parzival fanfiction, Wolfram reinvents the story to share his love for it with a wider audience, and on a different level this is what the play itself is doing too. As we watch Wolfram find himself through Parzival’s travels, we see him tell the story in his own words and shape it into what he wants it to be, and his journey invites us as audience members to think about our own relationship to fandom. What stories do we love, and why do we love them? What does it mean to see ourselves in something? When we find a story or a character we love, when that love drives us to creation, what works can we create?

The playwright, Percival Hornak, wrote this adaptation of Parzival in part as a tribute to the queer and trans people in his life who have to dig through veiled references and coded messages to see themselves represented, and must carve out their own spaces to tell stories that resonate with them. It is his hope for a future in which we have the power from an early age to take ownership of our own stories, and to live in a world that wants us to live there and embraces who we are without conditions or reservations.

To learn more about our Play Lab selections and dramaturgy, visit the UMass Dramaturgy Tumblr at https://umass-digiturgy.tumblr.com/

PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT
Associate Production Manager: Pedro Eiras
Production Assistants: Aleen Karakouzian and Lianna Fife Wiggall
Fringe Crew: Autumn Marchetto, Andrè Meservey, Alex Russell, Aaron Disner, Anna Zaczek, Lars Thies, Genesis Locke, Noah Rosenzweig

SCENIC DEPARTMENT
Scenic Construction Director: Brandon Hall
Scenic Artisan: Carl Bridge
Scene Shop Teaching Assistant: Drishti Chauhan
Scene Shop Assistants: Ethan Brayall-Brown, Zaria Cannon, Duncan Hilliard, Roshan Kharbanda
Deck Crew: Parker Fisher, Michael Donnelly, Maryellen Tisdell

LIGHTING  DEPARTMENT
Graduate Assistant: Hyejung Kang
Electrics Shop Assistants: Tess Beckwith, Olivia Darling, Kaiden Elison, Bobby Gaffney, Abby Hare, Jemma Kepner, Anika Nayak, Sam Patterson, Elana Peisner, Sena Yacteen

SOUND  DEPARTMENT
Sound Engineer: Eddie Pizzano
Board Operator: Douglas Edwards
Sound Crew: Ethan Lewis, Julian Buitrago       

COSTUME AND MAKE-UP DEPARTMENT
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Felicia Malachite
Production Assistants: Malory Grillo, Chenoa Alberston, Emily Peck
Stitchers: Taylor Lennon
Wardrobe Supervisors: Chenoa Albertson, Emily Irene Peck
Dressers: Foster Marfo, Luna Barros Gallina, DeShaun Darling
Hair and Makeup Run Crew: Claudia Ferreira-Rodrigues, Kasey Regan
Costume Stock Assistant: Parker Traphagen

PUBLICITY, HOUSE AND BUSINESS STAFF
Public Relations Director and House Manager: Anna-Maria Goossens
Poster Design: Bianca Dillard
Associate House Managers: Natasha Hawkins, Anna Norcross
Box Office Managers: Roxanne Edel, Arianna Morales
House and Publicity Crew: Andrew Bove, Lindsay Forauer, Bobby Gaffney, Zachary Graczyk, Mary Henry, Preston Knecht, Claudia Maurino, Arjun Misra, Arnav Mohan, Jr  Moreno, Kitty Ryan
Business Manager: Joanne Corbeil-Harper
Administrative Assistant: Bethany Sherwood
Department Chair: Harley Erdman
General Manager: Willow Cohen

To learn more about dramaturgy and Parzival, visit the UMass Dramaturgy Tumblr at https://umass-digiturgy.tumblr.com/