Elise Wien

Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing. Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted attempt at creating the footage that would inspire the world. Craters is an exercise in fact-finding, (re)enactment, and the power of simulation.

Development History

Reading at Pete’s Candy Store - Brooklyn, NY - 2018
Reading as part of Corkscrew Theater Festival - Manhattan, NY - 2018
Reading as part of Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival - Hanover, NH - 2017

A Passover Seder in Columbia, S.C. in 1869. A Cohen family reunion, a couple of runaways, light mutiny, and a whole lotta boat law. Third Night looks at the ways ritual is like theater (and vice-versa), the manifold meanings of exodus, and the cognitive disconnect of celebrating freedom in troubled times.  

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

Reading at the Hopkins Center for the Arts - Hanover, NH - 2017

Two teams face off in the BallBall Regional Finals. The Game seeks to explore—and transgresses—the lines between performance, sport, and ritual. At what point does a sport become an art? And at what point can an art resemble a boxing match? A meditation on doping, playbooks, commentators, training, and the supernatural.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

Production in a set of squash courts @ Dartmouth's Berry Sports Center - Hanover, NH - 2016