Postcard imageERIK: A Play About A Puppet

I directed this world premiere production for Rising Sun Performance Company as part of the 2015 Frigid Festival at the Kraine Theatre in New York City.

Featuring: Bryn Packard, Chris Behan, Destiny Shegstad, Matt Pepitone, Montana Lampert Hoover, Kervin Peralta, Samantha DeSimone & Yair Ben-Dor

From the original novel to the Lon Chaney silent film, to the Andrew Loyd Webber musical, and countless iterations in between, the characters of Leroux' novel have been twisted and turned like the sewer tunnels beneath a Paris Opera House.

Playwright John Patrick Bray explores the story from the vantage of an youth, beauty, image-obsessed 21st Century. With the moral ambiguity of a carnival side-show, he uses this terrific adventure/thriller/love story to celebrate the hick-ups, hang-ups and double standards we've simply stuck up on our cultural shelf.

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Ensemble Theatre Making

I approached this project ensemble-first. We created a cohesive group of performers using improv and devising techniques, working for several weeks before introducing the script to the process. In this way, we invited the script into the world of our ensemble, rather than trying to negotiate the world of the play while trying to get to know one another.

1st Citizen on the wall Yair Ben-Dor as The Barker: As The Barker and his wife, Yair and Destiny create the world of the carnival.




The play is about our obsession with beauty.

Christine & Erik

About class and identity.

About mortality and innocence.




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