A Dreamplay by August Strindberg, in a new translation by Paul Walsh | DIRECTED BY YONGSUK YOO
A Dreamplay follows Indra, the daughter of a god, as she descends to Earth to discover the cause of human misery. While she encounters dozens of individuals undergoing hardships and experiences some of mortal life's rites for herself, she meets a Poet with a thirst for understanding as deep as her own. The audience is drawn along through Indra's journey - or is it through the Poet's dream?
Stringberg wrote in the preface for A Dreamplay, "the characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve and merge." Contemplating this logic, I focused my design around the collage-like experience of dreams, where unexpected associations drift up from one's subconscious and combine in unforeseen ways. The palette of colors and textures reflected this kaleidoscopic structure as well, with fabrics reappearing throughout multiple costumes, while the weight and silhouettes of different pieces were connected with their wearers' tribulations, affecting their movement and carriage.
Produced in the Modular Theater at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA, in 2015
Scenic Design by Narae Kim
Video Design by Suhyun Cho
Lighting Design by Jesse Baldridge