(2014, SF Premiere)
(duration 80 minutes)
Written and Performed by Ariel Luckey
Directed by Susannah Martin
Original Score by Lila Sklar
Dramaturgy by Corey Fischer
Featuring Dan Cantrell (accordion), eO (trumpet/production), Lila Sklar (violin) and Valentino (percussion)
Production Team: Rebecca Castelli, Christine Crook, Wolfgang Wachalovsky
Amnesia premiered at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California in May 2014. La Peña commissioned Amnesia with support from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s 2013 Visibility Award and the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s 2014 Community Arts Fund. These performances of Amnesia were made possible in part by the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Layering theater, dance, spoken word and an original score inspired by Hip Hop, Klezmer and Mexican folk music, Amnesia tells the story of a young man who retraces his family’s migration from a small village in Eastern Europe through New York and Los Angeles to the borderlands of Arizona, only to find that the violence his family fled cannot be so easily forgotten.
Ariel Luckey (Playwright, Performer)
Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist who blurs the lines between public performance, collective ritual and community action. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel has performed at hundreds of theaters, universities, conferences and community centers across the country. In 2014 he earned a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Ariel sees his creative work in the world as an extension of his most precious and important work as father to his two sons. www.arielluckey.com
Susannah Martin (Director)
Susannah Martin is a prolific director, teacher, and theatre-maker. She has been awarded three Dean Goodman Choice Awards, as well as receiving nominations for Bay Area Critic’s Circle, Shellie, and Broadway World Awards. Susannah has recently directed at Shotgun Players (where she is a company member) as well as Town Hall Theatre Company, Sonoma County Rep, Porchlight Theatre Company, TheatreFIRST, Aurora Theatre Company and Sacramento Theatre Company. Susannah has taught at California Shakespeare Theater, UC Davis, Los Medanos College, Berkeley Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, St. Mary's College and the New Conservatory Theatre. www.susannahmartin.net
Lila Sklar (Composer, Musical Director, Violin)
Lila Sklar is classically trained and apprenticed for many years under Ms. Sherry Kloss, assistant to famed violinist Jascha Heifetz. At that same time, Lila learned to improvise from jamming with her Dad who is an accomplished musician in his own right. Lila has recorded and performed all over the world singing and playing with groups including but not limited to: Beats Antique, Bauhaus, Joanna Newsom, Rosin Coven, Bjork, Beulah, Divahn, The Toids, Gypsy Caravan, and Alam Khan. www.lilasviolin.com
Corey Fischer (Dramaturge)
Corey Fischer has been creating and performing theatre for over forty-five years, he was a founding member of a Traveling Jewish Theatre until it closed in 2012. He has received awards and grants from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and many foundations. Before the founding of TJT, he worked in film, television and the theatre with, among others, Robert Altman, Joseph Chaikin and The Committee. He is married to writer China Galland. www.coreyfischer.com
Eric "eO" Oberthaler (Trumpet/Sound Design)
Eric "eO" Oberthaler is a S.F. Bay Area-based composer, director, producer, performer, teacher, graphic artist, and visionary thinker. Having earned his B.M. at Oberlin Conservatory (1993) and M.F.A. at CalArts (1996) - both in music composition - he has since branched out into digital audio, multi-media, dance, circus, ritual theater, and workshop leadership. His music bridges many dualisms of our times: acoustic and electronic, analog and digital, organic and synthetic, life and art. www.soundsliketree.com
Valentino is a true Bay Area artist, having sown his roots in a multitude of styles, one of the most versatile Musician, Producer, Songwriter, Vocalists to surface in a long time. With support from his Mother, Valentino's journey began at the age of six. Piano, the Violin and then Guitar, finally finding his true love... the Drum Set. Drumming has taken Valentino around the world and built him an identity in the Bay Area music scene. www.reclaim-music.com
Dan Cantrell (Accordion)
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy winning composer known for his innovative and energetic approach to documentary film and television scoring. He can be heard on albums from Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, the Toids, Beats Antique, as well as numerous self-produced albums. Dan composed music for three seasons of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network and received an Emmy Award for his scoring work on the PBS documentary Home Front. www.bellowhead.com
Rebecca Castelli (Dialect Coach)
Rebecca Castelli has dialect coached for many local theatres including Shotgun Players; Custom Made Theatre; Theatre Rhinoceros; Town Hall Theatre; Ross Valley Players; and Virago Theatre Company. She has also dialect coached for productions at College of Marin and St. Mary's College. She is a voice and theatre teacher at Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, and also teaches privately out of her studio in El Cerrito.
Christine Crook (Costume Design)
Christine Crook designs for theatre, dance, and opera all over the Bay Area with companies like Opera Parallèle, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Cal Shakes, Aurora Theatre Company, Boxcar Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Encore Theatre, Center Repertory, Berkeley Playhouse, and with Just Theater and the Shotgun Players as a proud company member of both. Christine has an MFA in costume design from UC San Diego and is the recipient of two SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. christinecrook.squarespace.com
Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky (Light Design)
Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky is, in addition to work with Mugwumpin, a freelance director-collaborator and lighting designer. He has worked on a broad range of scripted works, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom and Sartre’s No Exit, as well as adapting and directing Wolfgang Borchert’s Draussen vor der Tür and Christopher Marlowe’s Faustus. Wolfgang’s lighting design is focused on site-specific creations like Mugwumpin’s Future Motive Power at the San Francisco Old Mint and Killer Queen in a warehouse in Los Angeles.