PIERSON BUILDING CENTER presents
dell’arte international’s 28th annual
JUNE 14JULY 14
Welcome to the 28th annual Mad River Festival! Welcome to the 2018 Mad River Festival. This is the place where you can experience five weeks of amazing creations from around the world and down the block. And to get here today you had to travel through this beautiful natural world we call home. Perhaps if you are sitting now in the amphitheatre, you are looking at these forested hills that surround us as the fog pushes in. Theatre began in just such settings. Simon McBurney writes in the 2018 World Theatre Day message, ”The meaning of the word Drama derives from the Greek “dran” which means “to do” … and the word “theatre” originates from the Greek, “Theatron”, literally meaning the “seeing place”. A place not only where we look, but where we see, we get, we understand. 2400 years ago Polykleitos the younger designed the great theatre of Epidaurus. Seating up to 14,000 people the astonishing acoustics of this open-air space are miraculous. A match lit in the centre of the stage, can be heard in all 14,000 seats. As was usual for Greek theatres, when you gazed at the actors, you would also see past to the landscape beyond. This not only assembled several places at once, the community, the theatre and the natural world, but also brought together all times. As the play evoked past myths in present time, you could look over the stage to what would be your ultimate future. Nature. Here we create a “theatre of place”. Theater that is inspired and forged by this place, this natural world, these people and this time. In this era of so many distractions where the complexity of the human experience is often reduced to a tweet, you have chosen to be here. Thank you! Live performance is about loving that complexity and ambiguity, and experiencing the joy of entering into worlds via performance that invoke questions of morality, humanity, the range of identity, the importance of beauty, ideas, and qualities that you can’t quantify. And at Dell’Arte it is often experienced often through shared laughter. Neuroscientists have recently discovered that watching live theater can synchronize the heartbeats of an audience. One of the researchers put it this way, “Experiencing the live theater performance was extraordinary enough to overcome group differences and produce a common physiological experience.” Thank you for coming together at this festival to breath together, for being our community, and for all of your support. We hope to see you often this summer.
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PIERSON BUILDING CENTER PRESENTS THE 28TH ANNUAL
8PM Synapsis Nova
DAI FAMILY I
RUZZANTE 8PM A 24
DAI FAMILY II
RUZZANTE 8PM A 1
RUZZANTE 8PM A
ELI/BEAR 4PM C
MAD LAB 8PM C
BALCONY 8PM C
RUZZANTE 8PM A
BARRIO 8PM C
RUZZANTE 8PM A
ELI/BEAR 8PM C
HUMBOLDT FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL • JULY 9-14
PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS: A: Dell’Arte’s Rooney Amphitheatre C: Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre PBHT: Pierson Big Hammer Tent
RUZZANTE 8PM A
RUZZANTE 8PM A
RUZZANTE 8PM A
PRIZE OF HOPE 4PM C RUZZANTE 8PM A
RUZZANTE 8PM A RED LIGHT 6
RUZZANTE 8PM A RED LIGHT
8PM Arcata Playhouse 4PM Arcata Playhouse ELI/BEAR 8PM C ELI/BEAR 8PM C 13
ALL DAY FREE DAY Blue Lake
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MAD RIVER FESTIVAL
Humboldt Folklife Festival: visit: Humboldtfolklife.org/tickets or email: email@example.com
Please see dellarte.com for show times, prices and locations.
Suddenlink is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Mad River Festival.
THE TEAM 2018 Founders: Carlo Mazzone-Clementi & Jane Hill Founding Artistic Director: Joan Schirle Producing Artistic Director: Michael Fields School Director: Lauren Wilson Executive Director: Fran Beatty Financial Director: Deborah Barone Community Arts Director: Zuzka Sabata Admissions Director: Matt Chapman Alumni Director/Associate Admissions Director: Janessa Johnsrude School PDSO, Title IX Coordinator & Registrar: Alyssa Hughlett School Administrator: Rebecca Finney School Rural Residency Coordinator: Pratik Motwani Production Manager: Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin Marketing Coordinator: Tushar Mathew Executive Director Assistant: Roman Sanchez Box Office/Housing Manager: Lynne Owens Bookkeeper: Will Dower Office Assistant: Mickey Donovan Lighting Designer: Michael Foster Technical Director: James Hildebrandt Musical Director: Timmy Gray Archival Video Recording: Gene Brundin 2017-2018 Faculty: Lauren Wilson, Laura Muñoz, James Peck, Sayda Trujillo, Alyssa Hughlett, Leira Satlof, Zuzka Sabata, Janessa Johnsrude, Pratik Motwani, Michael Fields, Joan Schirle 2017-2018 Guest Faculty: Bruce Marrs, Joe Krienke, Evamarii Johnson, Stephanie Thompson, Donald Forrest
FOR THE 2018 FESTIVAL
Production Manager: Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin Technical Director: James Hildebrandt Assistant to Technical Director: Mickey Donovan House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator: Dionna Fletcher Lead Box Office/Housing Liaison: Eric Jones Box Office/Housing Assistant: Kathryn Cesarz Concessions Manager: Evan Grande Technical Assistant/Board Operator: Chase Perkins Technical Assistant: Matilda Lindström Technical Assistant: Chris Justesen Hang & Focus: Sydnee Stanton Stitcher: Sherri Green Poster/Promotional Design: Judith Lambert Program Design: Meghan Frank
Dell’Arte is supported by: California Arts Council The James Irvine Foundation The Jane Hill Fund The Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship Theatre Communications Group William James Association National Endowment for the Arts
Special Thanks to: Catherine Brown & HSU Costume Shop Chuck Ellsworth David Ferney Chris Justesen Jayson Mohatt & HSU Scene Shop Terrence McNally Old Crows
Extra Special Thanks: Stephanie Witzel for her dedication to and passion for Dell’Arte 5
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Dell’Arte Passport Club Your Passport Club membership gives access to the fun, food, and laughter that brings us together at the Mad River Festival. Your generous support of the Passport Club makes possible Dell’Arte’s annual celebration of our community.
4 tickets to MRF shows of your choice (excludes Folklife, Red Light, and Prize of Hope) 2 Tickets to the pre-show reception + opening night show of Ruzzante Comes Home from the War 4 Drink tickets
The 2018 Passport Club John Bartholomew & Jill Gallegher Alan & Mary Lowry Pat Bitton Barbara Barratt Ann Lindsay & Alan Glaseroff Matt Babich (Hum. Realty Corp) Berti Welty Willie & Vicki Knapp David & Christine Young Kash Boodjeh Kathy Layton
! s k n a h T To join, please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Dell’Arte International Attn: Passport Club P.O. Box 816 Blue Lake, CA 95525 Call 707-668-5663 to make a payment over the phone. Visit dellarte.com to pay by credit card.
Welcome from Board Chair Bonnie Neely Welcome to the 28th annual Mad River Festival! As Dell’Arte’s Board President, I am honored to be a part of this dynamic, international organization. Pierson Building Center is a generous executive producer of the Festival, and with other great sponsors and supporters help us bring unique theatre, music and family events to our community. We’ve expanded our Festival this summer: more international Bonnie Neely performances and more family shows! AND for the first time, we’ll be having an international solo show in Arcata on July 6 and 7th, and another solo show in Eureka on June 19th. Now, don’t forget to get your tickets to the Red Light in Blue Lake—as these performances always sell out! Dell’Arte is an international trailblazer in Theatre of Place, which are works of performance inspired by (and for) the communities in which they are created. What put this company on the national map was original works about the issues, the people, and the other living creatures of our unique part of the planet. Performances at a worldclass level made our local stories accessible and appealing from L.A. to Baltimore and beyond. Works like the Korbel series, The Scar Tissue Mysteries, Wild Card, and Mary Jane: The Musical built a loyal regional following and international recognition. With the support of The James Irvine Foundation, Dell’Arte has been able to expand the festival and community engagement programs. Please see “How Well Do You Know Dell’Arte?” to get updates on our evolving Wiyot Partnership, expanding Theatre Program at Pelican Bay Prison, and more. Dell’Arte’s graduate students have residencies in Bridgeville, and at the Wiyot Tribe Reservation at Table Bluff. New this year, we’ve become a Blue Star Theatre where veterans and military personnel and their families can receive discounted tickets to our shows. It is one of our ways to welcome and support service members and their families. Comedy, drama, satire, music—this year’s Mad River Festival truly has something for everyone. Come early and often!
Chair, Board of Directors, Dell’Arte
2018 Dell’Arte Board of Directors Bonnie Neely, Chair; Lew Litzky, Treasurer; Stephany Joy, Gene Brundin, Elissa Rosado, Frank Onstine, Chris Bowman, Peter Pennekamp, John Bartholomew, Michael Fields, Joan Schirle, Lauren Wilson
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RUZZANTE COMES HOME FROM THE WAR June 14 - July 1 in Dell’Arte’s Rooney Amphitheatre Written by Michael Fields Pratik Motwani James Peck Alyssa Hughlett and Jeff Kelley Director: Michael Fields Musical Director & Sound Design: Timmy Gray Scenic & Costume Design: Lynnie M. Horrigan Lighting Design: Michael Foster Assistant Director: Roman Sanchez
(In Order of Appearance) Ruzzante - Pratik Motwani Brighella - Alyssa Hughlett Stupino - Lucius Robinson Capitano, Rodriego “Rod”, Pantalona - James Peck Gnua - Alexandra Blouin Columbina B. - Rebecca Finney Columbina E. - Emilia Björk Perkins Columbina V. - Veenadari Lakshika Pantalone - Donald Forrest Granfa - Michael Fields
Band Marla Joy Tim Randles Mike Labole Jeff Kelley 10
Production Manager: Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin Technical Director: James Hildebrandt Assistant to Technical Director: Mickey Donovan Mask Design: Newman’s Commedia Mask Company Scenic Painting: Meeka Day Scenographic Intern: Nancy Marshall Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin Technical Assistant/Board Operator: Chase Perkins Technical Assistant: Matilda Lindström Sound Assistant: Chandler Maskill
The Songs of Ruzzante I-FEEL-LIKE-I’M-FIXIN’-TO-DIE-RAG Music and Lyrics by Country Joe McDonald AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA Music and Lyrics by Eric Bogle I AIN’T MARCHING ANYMORE Music and Lyrics by Phil Ochs YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN Music and Lyrics by Jeff Kelley IT’S ON THE LINE Music and Lyrics by Jeff Kelley NO STATUE REQUIRED Music and Lyrics by Alyssa Hughlett and Jeff Kelley YOU DON’T OWN ME Music and Lyrics by John Madara and David White PARTISAN Music and Lyrics by Leonard Cohen #M3 Music by Tim Randles, Lyrics by Pratik Motwani I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT NO MORE Music and Lyrics by Tim Gray 11
The Dell’Arte Company and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre welcome U.S. military personnel, spouses, and children as well as U.S. veterans. Dell’Arte has a long-standing commitment to our community and we welcome you to our theatre. The Blue Star initiative is intended to recognize the contributions of service families, to build stronger connections between the theatre community and military families in communities all across the country, and to help aid service people and their families as they seek to be integrated into the lives of their communities. Dell’Arte offers discounted tickets to military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families. Please visit our season to find out what’s playing and give our box office a call at 707-668-5663 and mention the code BLUE STAR to identify as a military personnel.
Blue Star Theatres is a program of Blue Star Families and Theatre Communications Group.
A Director’s Note Is war funny? No. But it is something that we know well. It has permeated our histories, shaped our cultures and continues to alter our world on a daily basis. Have any of us known a world or a time without war? An earlier version of Dell’Arte’s mission statement described our work as, “employing the popular physical theatre forms to explore contemporary concerns.” That is what we are doing this summer. Ruzzante is in the popular physical style of Commedia dell’Arte. It is about soldiers who grew up in a rural place coming Pratik Motwani as Ruzzante home from war. A timeless story based on a very old play, that we have adapted for now. It was written by Ruzzante Beolco in 1529, and he played the title role. Dell’Arte’s prompt for Ruzzante was to ask veterans to “tell us your funniest coming home story.” Some of them make you laugh… until you cry. They say life is 51% comedy and 49% tragedy. Laughter comes when the two push together. That is what makes the true human comedy. Dario Fo, a master of commedia said in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech… Above all others, this evening you’re due the loud and solemn thanks of an extraordinary master of the stage, little known, yet he was, until Shakespeare, doubtless the greatest playwright of renaissance Europe. I’m referring to Ruzzante Beolco, my greatest master along with Molière: both actors - playwrights, both mocked by the leading men of letters of their times. Above all, they were despised for bringing onto the stage the everyday life, joys and desperation of the common people; the hypocrisy and the arrogance of the high and mighty; and the incessant injustice. And their major, unforgivable fault was this: in telling these things, they made people laugh. Laughter does Angelo Beolco, nickname “Il Ruzzante” not please the mighty. Enjoy!........Michael Fields
DELL’ARTE THANKS THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL DONORS FOR SUPPORTING OUR WORK THIS YEAR
Tax-deductible gifts can be sent to: Dell’Arte P.O.Box 816 Blue Lake, CA, 95525 For more information about making a donation, please call (707)668-5663
Ann & Art Jones Albo Fritz Mussman & Peggy Margaret Profant Andrea King-Brockman Anne & Stan Wilson Barbara & John Brimlow Barbara Kaplan Barbara Penny Belva Vukovich BJ Avcollie Bob & Lynne Wells Celeste Armenta Celine Pele Chris Ursich Christian Justesen Chuck & Sally Dwelley Chumayo Spa Clif & Laurie Clendenen Cynthia & Jon Forsyth Doug & Linda Mortenson Daryl Arrance
David & Dana Taft David Bradley David Callow David Hitchcock David R. Bradley David Young Dennis Rael & Carol Falkenthal Dianne Rosser Elizabeth Breslin Eric & Mary Almquist Erich Franz Schimps Estelle Saltzman Evamarii Johnson Felicia Oldfather Flora Joyce Frank Onstine Gail Narum Gary Garcia Ingrid Kosek Jacqueline & Aaron Preusse James Kiniery Janice & Larry Hand Janice Rothrock Japhy’s Jeff DeMark & Gail Shackleton Jeff Kelly Jennifer Franz Jenny Cranston Joan Levy John Achorn John Elder John Hewston John Woolley Joyce Hough & Fred Neighbor Julie Fulkerson Kash Boodjeh Katherine P. Layton KC Bell Ken Hoard Ken Johnson & Tami Moore Kenneth & Mary Thompson
Kitt Mann & Rebecca Zettler Lauri Rose Lin Glen Linda Adams Lois Nipkau Lorraine Miller-Wolf Madeline Myers Marcia Brenta Mariel & Keith Morison Marimba One (Ron Samuels) Marjorie Fay Mark & Claudia Hapgood Marla Joy Martha Haynes Mary & Lawrence (Alan) Lowry Mary Ferdig Mateel Community Center Mel & Holly Kreb Melinda Groom Melinda McGinnis Michael Griggs Michael & Molly Frank Morris Graves Foundation Neil & Cindy Watter Pam Mendelsohn Pat Bitton Peter Reimuller & Leslie Lindberg Richard & Joan O’Brien Richard & Susan Benoit Robert & Desiree Yarber Sheila Lovio Sheila Marks Steven Durham Susan Hegvold Susan Lefever Tyler Olsen Walt Gaines Wesley & Cindy Chesbro
DELL’ARTE THANKS THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR SUPPORTING DELL’ARTE’S SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS Alex Feldman Alexandra Stillman Alissa Tyka Artemis Pebdani Betty Ann Osborne David Holzman David Young Dianne Rosser Eric & Mary Almquist Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation James Stephenson Japhy’s (Josh Solomon) Jennifer Dojka Karen Levin
Ken Johnson & Tam Moore Larry Luttrell Martha Haynes Mike & Charlotte Plantz Norina Vaira Pam Mendelsohn Patrcia Smith Richard & Joan O’Brien Sheila Marks Stephen & Emilia Sumelius-Buescher Tamis & Beto Renteria Vukovich Trust Willie & Vicki Knapp
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Writing My Way Out Of Adolescence Written and Performed by Jeff DeMark
Sunday, June 17 2 p.m. Writing My Way Out of Adolescence is a “psychedelic solo show about growing up, going crazy, and living to tell about it.” Making its debut at the Mad River Festival in 1993, Writing My Way Out of Adolescence has been toured all over the country— in local theaters, schools, cafés and restaurants. 88 shows later, it makes its way back home to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and perhaps to be performed one last time.
Stories In The Tent Presented by the Dell’Arte Company & The Mad River Union
Tuesday July 3 7:30 p.m.
Dell’Arte International in collaboration with the Mad River Union present an evening of 5 storytelling performances written by the community members of Humboldt County and brought to life by the actor-creators of the Dell’Arte Company.
The Humboldt Creative Alliance is a collective of Humboldt County artists and arts organizations. We formed with the intent of promoting visibility of the arts and their impact in our communities. Join Us! Arcata Playhouse Dellâ€™Arte International Envision Prosperity Equinoss Consulting Ferndale Repertory Theatre Greenway Partners The Ink People Center for the Arts North Coast Repertory Theatre Persimmon Graphics Redwood Curtain Theatre
Established in 2017 Humboldtcreativealliance@gmail.com
Barrio Caleidoscopio Created and Performed by Carlos Gallegos (France/Ecuador)
Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m.
MRF OFFSITE: Synapsis Nova (212 G st. Suite 102, Eureka)
Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. The Carlo Theatre (131 H St. Blue Lake, CA)
Alfonsito awakes with the intention of going to the store and buying a loaf of bread or two. To achieve this, he must face his multiple and extravagant fears, pretend to be like the others (like the “normal” people), and abandon his meticulously organized, but dusty house. He must quickly pass through the empty street avoiding the cynical jokes of his cronies, the melancholy of the street sweepers, and the meeting with his compatriot, Magalita the Machiavellian. But above all, he must avoid the pounding of his heart each time he receives his bread bag. This performance is suitable for adults.
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The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes Since 1997, the beguiling beaver sisters have been performing in their sister band “The Beaverettes”. Born in a litter of 1000 baby beaver pups, they crawled straight out of their goddamn dam and onto the goddamn stage. Encrusted in jewels and adorned with martini breath and sexual fervor, The Beaverettes promise to gnaw on wood while titillating your taints with their glorious vocal vibrations. Come get rid of your cauliflower problem with the Beaverettes on their self-healing inspirational reality television show.
Photo: Mark Larson
Created and Performed by Janessa Johnsrude (Canada) Sarah McKinney (USA) and Maggie Lally (USA)
YOU'RE IN DANGER!
Concerned neighbor and upstanding citizen Created and performed by Lucius Robinson (USA) Mitchell Barnes has spent the last fourteen years secretly defending his quiet Towson suburb on Blackburn Court from the sinister forces of Hell. Now, a new threat forces Mitchell to take to the cul-de-sac and reveal the demonic truth about the changeling boy next door. YOU’RE IN DANGER! skirts the line between hilarious character and horrifying circumstances, keeping audiences glued to the edge of their seats until the play’s haunting conclusion. YOU’RE IN DANGER! is an original psychological thriller-comedy and solo performance premiering at the 2017 Photo: Corey Jennings Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, MD. 21
Institut for Folkeligt Teater & Dell’Arte International Present
THE PRIZE OF HOPE 2018
THE 2018 AWARD GOES TO
UNIVERSES OF ASHLAND, OREGON Saturday, June 23rd 4 p.m. The Carlo Theatre followed by dinner in the Pierson Big Hammer Tent $50 (Includes ticket to Ruzzante Comes Home From The War ) Celebrating its 28th year, The Prize of Hope is an international award, given annually to a person or company who has worked for the hope of humankind “daringly, lovingly, vulgarly, seriously, poetically...with sparkling energy against conventional thinking, which is the greatest threat to our culture - for a world in which people use their own eyes, ears, and voice” (Prize founders Lars Olsen & Birthe Rosenfeldt-Olsen). UNIVERSES is a national Ensemble Theater Company of multi-disciplined writers and performers, who fuse theater, poetry, dance, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining works for the stage. The group breaks the traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of theater. Founded in The Bronx, New York in 1995, the members of UNIVERSES came together in the urban poetry and music scene of the late 1990s, quickly moving through the “downtown” performance scene to build a home for themselves in American Theatre. 23
The Carlo Theatre Sunday, June 24 2 p.m. Photo: Terrence McNally
Halouksh Tales are two shadow plays created during Dell’Arte’s multi-year collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe’s youth program, Tsek Houdaqh. The Stolen Salmon is a traditional Wiyot story, and Grandma and Dalila describes the process of gathering materials to make a basket cap. The puppets and narration were created by the children in Tsek Houdaqh, with additional voice-acting provided by tribal members. Both plays were generated in workshops with Tsek Houdaqh, led by Dell’Arte artists James Hildebrandt, Zuzka Sabata, and Pratik Motwani, and incorporate Wiyot language learning.
Photo: Terrence McNally
Have a look around Dell’Arte. Can you locate these seven signs? Box Office = Gou Duvatsuvigou’y (‘where something is sold’) Concessions (“food/drink”) = Viwi’ (‘food’, ‘what is eaten’, ‘fish’) NJHougawuqu’l JOURNAL Dell’Arte = Tsawitsguquk (‘the work AD of being comical’) Mad River Festival = Baduwa’t Gutsuvigulou’weda’l (‘Mad River Gathering-of-many-people’) Men = Gouwi’ Theatre = Diqa’ Dalouluwouy (‘white man’s dance house’) Women = Guvouch Dell’Arte International is located on the ancestral territory of the Wiyot Tribe. In 2015, Dell’Arte staff and Tribal administrators met to discuss ways we can share knowledge between the two entities. Sign painters Chuck Ellsworth and Lynnie Horrigan created signage for the building from Wiyot translations provided by Wiyot Tribe linguist, Lynnika Butler.
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thank you dellâ€™arte volunteers! Angie Negrete Antoinette Magyar Brandice Thompson Catherine Hart Celine Pele Charlie Santos Chris Junstenson Chris Smith Chuck Lancaster Chris Justesen Clifton Holznagel Connie Hill Derek Lane Dianne Rosser Doralee Smith Elizabeth Mackay Fhyre Phoenis Foster Scholl II Frederique Gallegos Gaia Mencagli Idit Kishi Jeffrey Steinkomp Jennifer Knight Joy Soll Julissa Silva Karen Echegaray
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DELL’ARTE’S PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING FUNDERS:
DELL’ARTE PRESENTS Ferocia
Concept by Lisa da Boit & Céline Curvers (Belgium) Choreography and Interpretation by Lisa da Boit
JUNE 26 at 8.p.m.
Ferocia is a scream. Ferocia is the sweating body
waking up from a nightmare. Ferocia is the fear that we cannot control. Ferocia is a dance solo set in our social and political reality. Ferocia is a dance solo with live music. A dancer and a musician share the stage for a dialogue of sorrow and hope. Ferocia is born with the desire of questioning the possibility of a political engagement as artists in our social and cultural context.
Photo: Milosz Siebert
When I Die, Leave the Balcony Open created and performed by laura muñoz
JUNE 27 at 8 p.m.
Photo: Tushar Mathew
In a land torn by war, a lone woman is undeterred by circumstances to fulfill her duty. The play is an examination of the obstacles this woman, Julieta, overcomes in the midst of violence and destruction, never losing sight of her objective. She is hauling an impossibly big bag. What burden is worth risking your life for? 29
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Mad River Festival’s tantalizing late-night-adults-only cabaret.
Vampy vignettes and sizzling hot acts are sure to tickle your fancy and your funny bone. Comedians, music, and sexy chorus girls were the historical formula for burlesque, which comes from “burla,” the Italian word for ‘prank.’ Beguiling burlesque, lively comedy, and marvelous music by our HOT-AS-HELL house band await you along with potent cocktails.
Drinks from our FULL BAR served at your seat.
Cabaret for adults 18+ years of age
Photo: Terrence McNally
The Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship
Nancy Jacobs Lafrenz 1974-2005
The Scholarship funds an original work created by alumni of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre to be performed during the annual Mad River Festival. Nancy’s classmates, the Dell’Arte graduating class of 2002, set up the scholarship to keep her memory alive forever. Donations to Nancy’s scholarship ena-ble young theatre artists to begin their professional careers. Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Humboldt Area Foundation. For more information, call (707) 442-2993.
Eli And The Bear PHOTO: TERRENCE McNALLY
Supported by the 2018
Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship July 5-7 (Thursday- Saturday) at 8 p.m. July 8 (Sunday) at 4 p.m. Created by Rebecca Finney (USA) Zafiria Dimitropoulou (Greece/Mexico) Laura Muñoz (Spain) Tushar Mathew (India) Performed by Rebecca Finney Laura Muñoz Tushar Mathew
Eli and his mother make their home within a monstrous city - an Orwellian sprawl of prosperity and productivity. But after the unexpected death of Eli’s father, the family is forced to flee to the outskirts of their city. It is here, on the edge of their world, that Eli and his mother, Amanda, discover their only chance for salvation: a retired circus bear named Bumbles. Created by an international ensemble of artists, Eli and The Bear is a modern tragedy that uses a poetic hand to touch upon the themes of isolation, hypermasculinity, and cycles of oppression. Suitable for all ages. 33
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OFFSITE The Arcata Playhouse JULY 6 (FRIDAY) at 8PM JULY 7 (SATURDAY) at 4PM
#//<EMBEDDED>//# Created and performed by Pratik Motwani
#//<EMBEDDED>//# is a multimedia piece of devised theatre which combines film projection, GIF animation, prezi presentation and physical theatre. #//<EMBEDDED>//# uses the framework of social media, the skinner box experiment and internet addiction as theatrical metaphor to examine the condition of a trapped virtual identity desperately seeking real connection. An introspection on notions of identity and image, reality and perception, our need for real connection/inclusion coupled with our inability to disconnect ourselves from the clutches of the virtual world (and our virtual identities in it).
Life Beneath the Stars
Created and performed by James Peck
Life Beneath the Stars is a one man show about the fantastic experiences, loves and regrets of a man who now lives roaming the planet with only the stars as his shelter. It is a mask, mime and puppet show with a running time of 30 minutes. 35
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW DELL’ARTE ?
BUE LAKE RISING PARADE, 2014
One of Dell’Arte’s deepest values is engendering the relationship between art and place, artist and community. The James Irvine Foundation recognized us as one of the 13 Cornerstone Arts Organizations in California for connecting theatre and community via a regional arts center and community partnerships. Founded in 1971 in Berkeley, California, Dell’Arte settled in Blue Lake in 1974 to establish a theatre company and a graduate school. The founding resident actor ensemble—The Dell’Arte Players—mounted their first tour in 1977. By 1980, Dell’Arte developed an annual four-week Holiday Show tour to bring dynamic professional theatre to underserved rural communities. In 1990, we launched our annual five-week Mad River Festival that brings performing arts—by Dell’Arte and others—from around the world, and down the block to Humboldt County audiences.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS Dell’Arte’s Community Engagement Program is a theatre-artist driven collaboration with a local community group. As active participants, the partner shapes the co-creative processes and the work. The idea is to give voice to a group or an ideal via the medium of theatre and through a deep interactive process of collaborative ideation. The project culminates in a presentation or performance. Our partnerships are generously supported by the James Irvine Foundation. Take a look at these outstanding programs!
Giving Voice to Local Veterans
PHOTO: TUSHAR MATHEW
With support from the California Arts Council, Dell’Arte collaborated with the Blue Ox Veterans Program to bring local veterans’ stories into this year’s main stage show: Ruzzante Comes Home from the War. Through prompts to veterans and ongoing conversations with Eric Hollenbeck, a Viet Nam veteran and founder of Blue Ox, Dell’Arte artists grounded their dynamic story telling in real lives of our veterans and their families. 36
“Native Praxis” Wiyot Tribe Partnership In 2017, the California Arts Council funded in part Native Praxis: Revitalizing Wiyot Culture through Intergenerational Arts Engagement. Through co-creative processes, Dell’Arte artists and Wiyot Tribal members produced an original short play including video storytelling with The Young Media Makers. This original shadow play, devised by Wiyot youth with Dell’Arte PHOTO: TERRENCE McNALLY artists Zuzka Sabata, Pratik Motwani, and James Hildebrandt, features the Wiyot language in the story line and harnesses the play as an interactive cultural teaching tool—for youth and adults alike. In 2016, Dell’Arte’s Odd Fellows building was populated with signage in the Wiyot language.
Theatre Program at Pelican Bay Prison Students in the Arts in Corrections Theatre Classes at Pelican Bay work in an ensemble to explore the creative act of generating theatre through the study of Commedia dell’Arte, storytelling, character, improvisation, voice work, writing for the stage, and original play development. Re-established in 2013, this seminal program was founded PHOTO: PETER MERTS by the non-profit William James Association in the late 1970s for professional artists to teach their art form to incarcerated people in support of their rehabilitation. Dell’Arte faculty gathered in the spring of 2015 with a desire to work at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s only Maximum Security facility located in Crescent City, just 80 miles north of Blue Lake, and subsequently contracted with the William James Association to provide theatre classes for the inmates there. In March 2016, faculty members Zuzka Sabata and Janessa Johnsrude began theatre programs inside the prison by establishing one class on the Level 1, or Minimum Security. Today they offer 5 classes on all General Population yards, security Levels 1-4, on a weekly basis throughout the year. They work alongside several other local artists including Julie McNeil who teaches visual art, Cecelia Holland who teaches creative writing, and Dale Morgan who teaches guitar. The WJA is funded by the California Arts Council’s Arts in Corrections Program. In partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Arts Council has contracted with ten organizations to provide rehabilitative arts services in state correctional facilities including the William James Association. 37
“WHEN WE ARE ON STAGE, WE ARE IN THE HERE AND NOW.” Constantin Stanislavski
Our hats are oﬀ to Dell’ AAe for bringing the Nooh Coast incredible enteeainment from “around the world and down the block”!
The Spirit of the Nooh Coast
LET US HELP YOU TELL YOUR STORY
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW DELL’ARTE ? DELL’ARTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THEATRE Our graduate school offers a one-year Professional Training Program, a oneof-a-kind three-year accredited MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre for advanced students, a summer threeweek intensive, and a study abroad program in Bali. The foundation of Dell’Arte training—and our theatre practice—is the work of the creative actor, whose imaginative command of space, gesture, dynamics, and an articulate body/voice gives expression to passions, characters, relationships and worlds. The training is founded on Photo: Alexandra Blouin observation and identification with nature, the physical investigation of the body and its poetry, and an imaginative inquiry into the forms of culture and theatre. Our students from across the US and from around the world live and train in Blue Lake, bringing their languages and cultures into our community. We have over 1000 alumni from 41 different countries! Two components of our training connect our international students with rural communities.
HOLIDAY SHOW With the generous support of local businesses, we create and produce our annual Holiday Show to tour for four weeks throughout Northern California: Orick, Point Arena, Redway, Scotia, Bridgeville, Hoopa, McKinleyville, Trinidad, Eureka, and Arcata. We also travel as far north as Cave Junction, Oregon! The show opens and closes in our Carlo Theatre in Blue Lake. Dell’Arte makes The Snow Queen, 2017 Photo:Terrence McNally family holiday entertainment available to both rural and urban communities that rarely see live professional theatre. The Company creates original adaptations or new pieces for family audiences. Venues range from large, lofty theatres to local elementary school cafeterias. We’ve been producing this tour for 36 years, and reach under served communities in our rural region, and reach approximately 3,000 – 5,000 people each year, including school-age children. Audiences are encouraged to bring canned goods in lieu of paying; we collect these for distribution by Food for People. 39
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW DELL’ARTE ? RURAL RESIDENCY
Established in 2006, this program reaches underserved north coast communities to develop artistic exchanges that are rooted in a particular region and culture. Two isolated rural communities are chosen each year to host students from our one-year Professional Training Program for a 10-day residency. The students camp, offer Rural Residency in Orleans, 2016 workshops, and co-create a unique show with and for the community. This year students will be in residencies at the Wiyot Tribe Reservation at Table Bluff and Spring Valley in Lake County. Other communities that have benefited from this innovative and unique program are: Bridgeville, Petrolia, Forks of Salmon, Orleans, Rio Dell, Orick, Whale Gulch (Mendocino County), and Takilma, Oregon. We have received feedback that this program creates extended meaningful community dialogue, intergenerational exchange, increased confidence and joy in local children, and strengthens cultural heritage through the sharing of stories and history.
The COMMUNITY-BASED ARTS PROJECTS
Since 2006, MFA students spend seven weeks of their 2nd year serving local non-profit organizations by developing theatre projects in non-traditional venues. Their service may take the form of workshops, performances, story collection, street interaction, and more, all with the goal of assisting local non-profit organizations serve their constituents. Over 30 local groups have benefited from our MFA’s participation: The Silvercrest Senior Residence; The Brainstormers: Making Headway (brain injured adults); Pelican Bay Speaks/KHSU; The Emma Center, for survivors of trauma and abuse; Timber Ridge Senior Center; Body Discourse Project, 2016 Photo: Sarah Peters HCAR (Humboldt Community Access & Resources); “Rails to Trails” Project; CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers); HSU Student Health Center; RCAA (Redwood Community Action Agency); Humboldt County Youth Services Bureau; “Launchpad,” a temporary shelter for homeless youth; MARZ Project, an after-school program hosted by The Ink People; Humboldt Childcare Alliance, Healthy Families; Hospice of Humboldt; Humboldt Coalition for Compassionate Care; Food For People; The Blue Lake Museum; The Girl Scouts; The Mad River Alliance; California Conservation Corps; The RAVEN Project, Eureka; CASA of Humboldt; EPIC; Humboldt Literacy Project; and Humboldt Domestic Violence Services. 41
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AL N O I T NA
COMPANY 28th Annual
Mad River Festival June 14 - July 14
Ruzzante Comes Home from the War and More!
December 6 - 9
Bird of the Inner Eye
Readings from the letters of Morris Graves, with Joan Schirle & Company
October 19 & 20
DAI’s 2nd-year MFA students
February 7 - 9
DAI’s 1st-year students
February 21 - 24
DAI’s 2nd-year MFA students
Melodrama March 28 - 30
DAI’s 1st-year students
Annual Holiday Show Tour Nov. 23 - Dec. 16 Around the World in 80 Days
Adapted by Dell’Arte from Jules Verne
DAI’s 2nd-year MFA students
Keep The Fires Burning
A Dell’Arte Cabaret
April 25 - 28 May 9 - 11
March 22 & 23
DAI’s 1st-year students
Dates are subject to change.
For more info: DELLARTE.COM
May 16 - 19 & May 23 - 26 DAI’s 3rd-year MFA students
Dell’Arte International 131 H Street Blue Lake, CA 95525
Community Based Art Projects with Local Nonprofits June 3 - 7
Rural Residencies with Local Communities May 20 - June 1
DO YOU HAVE AN APARTMENT OR A HOUSE TO RENT? WE’VE GOT STUDENTS—WHO NEED HOMES! Every year, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre welcomes about 40 graduate students from all over the world and from across the nation to train in our home of Blue Lake.
NEEDS THIS SUMMER Summer Intensive June 25th through July 13th, 2018 Arrival as early as Friday, June 22nd; Departure by Monday, July 16th If you have a room, apartment, or house for rent, please email Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-668-5663. She’ll connect you to students with housing needs.
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