Some information about Four Echoes, the play I worked on with three other fantastic female writers from San Francisco State University. It was staged for the first time a few years ago at the Shotgun Theatre Lab and seeing the Web site again reminds me of the absolute exhilaration I felt working on this project. Check out Shotgun Theatre’s 16th season!
Pioneering a process of exchange between short fiction and drama, Shotgun Theatre Lab presents FOUR ECHOES; a dark comedy that weaves an emotional tapestry confronting loss, god, fate, love, and confinement. Spread upon the framework of four intensely personal autobiographies, FOUR ECHOES in an exploration of lives across four eras that range between 1920 and 2096.
The culmination of an experimental development project, FOUR ECHOES present four characters that ricochet, repeat, chorus, and echo one another in an attempt to realize and resolve their own life stories. A pastor’s wife realizes the truth behind her husband’s doctrines; a woman awakening from a coma follows the journey of her trauma; a burlesque dancer waxes poetic with her lofty dreams and otherworldly secrets; and a girl from the future is literally arrested by debt, left to float in a timeless confinement, a criminal stuck in a science experiment.
The production, an original work embodying the Shotgun Players collaborative spirit, brings together the unbound creativity of four authors from San Francisco State University’s Graduate Creative Writing program in an exciting foray into the developmental process of collaborative playwriting. Pioneering a process of exchange between short fiction and drama, each author has taken a character from her own literature and melded that character’s narrative with the narratives created by the other three writers. The result is a complex performance that transcends individuality and comments upon the human experience.
Written by Rebekah Anderson (Ecstatic Monkey Writers Collective), Erin Jourdan (Kitchen Sink, Watchword, Laundry Pen, SF Station), Vanessa Kulzer (Women Behaving Badly), and Margaret Rodriguez (EM Literary), Directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb.
The Shotgun Theatre Lab is a program of the Shotgun Players committed to fostering the creation of new works through the mentorship of emerging theater artists. In providing an explorative forum for theater artists, we also create a showcase of dynamic and experimental work that opens new avenues of learning, imagination and form for audiences and artists alike. The Shotgun Theatre Lab removes the emphasis on succeeding financially, and instead promotes alternative models of successful theatre.