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These two plays were performed as a Lee Blessing Festival. I chose them provide to contrasting styles of production of plays by the same author. Both are characteristically a set of short scenes with well-crafted poetic language. Independence was staged on a realistic set with very short choreographed blackouts covered by precisely composed music. These photos are arranged to demonstrate the progress of individual moments and reveal the us of physical action the use of stage space to increase the intensity of a highly verbal text.

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Two Rooms, often staged in one room with scene transitions, was staged as a meditation without intermission in a Zen garden of two equal rooms traced in rice on an open space. A 20 by 70 projection surface, depicted realistic and memory versions of time and place changes. The scene changes disappeared into a through composed sound design. The effect was a single uninterrupted arc captured in the compressed video below. Both haunting and mystical the performance was a high contrast to Independence.