Synetic Theater’s mission is to be the premier American physical theater, fusing dynamic art forms — such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music — by producing world-class theater for all ages, educating the next generation of artists and physical theater professionals, and promoting this distinct form of theater nationally and internationally through community outreach and touring programs.
Rehearsals have officially started for Synetic’s upcoming production The Island of Dr. Moreau, opening this October, and if the first rehearsal is any indication - the Synetic team has a lot in store for its audience.
After an informal meet-and-greet at the Synetic Studio, the production team presented their visions for the set, lighting, costumes, sound and visual effects of the show.
Synetic’s adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau will take place in the future, lending the staging to a futuristic, sci-fi ambiance that will show through the set, sound, costumes and visual effects.
First on the itinerary was the set that was referred to as Synetic’s “most abstract set so far.” A bold statement considering they have previously flooded the stage with water in The Tempest, the small-scale model of the set shows a diagonal, grid-like metallic structure made of teardrop shaped loops.
Ben Cunis, the show’s fight choreographer, showed a life-size example of one of these metal loops that will be used in rehearsal for the actors to practice climbing on. The set will complimented by Riki Kim’s projection design and Brittany Diliberto’s lighting design which will help the jungle and other settings come to life.
The sound design of the show created by Thomas Sowers will feature background sounds for an outdoor jungle setting, and the interior noises in Dr. Moreau’s laboratory.
The performers were very excited when the initial costume designs were unveiled. Sketches of futuristic costumes included several ideas for hybrid animal-humans that combine animal likeness with sci-fi elements.
Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili discussed her vision for the choreography and physicality of the characters. The story, in part, focuses on animals forced to walk on two legs and become “civilized,” and Irina mentioned a main focus of her choreography to create a sense of yearning in the animals to return to walking on four legs. The choreography will also show transformations in each of the animal experiments, from the jungle beasts that they originate as, to the brainwashed, humanized products of Dr. Moreau’s mad science.
Paata Tsikurishvili, Synetic’s founding artistic director, who will direct and star as the title character, Dr. Moreau, gave his final statement that the show will be a fusing of multiple art forms, true to Synetic’s mission.
The shows include:
Memories of love, lust, loss and confusion in Dream Love: A Physical Play - created by company members Robert Bowen Smith, Ryan Tumulty and Tori Bertocci.
Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 7 p.m. at The Shop, 607 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Read The Washington Post’s review of Dream Love here!
A silent, visual adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea” The Old Man Never Let It Go - written, directed and starring Hector Reynoso.
Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 7:45 p.m. at Atlas-Lab II, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002
Read theWashington City Paper’s review of The Old Man Never Let It Go here!
The Greek tragedy of Antigone is set against the backdrop of a city in B*tch: A Play About Antigone - featuring Rachael Jacobs.
Wednesday, July 23 - 6:45 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 8:15 p.m. at Fort Fringe, Redrum, 612 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Click here to read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Bitch!
Live percussion and physical storytelling to convey the sounds and wide spaces of the American Southwest in Blue Moon/ Red River - featuring Janine Baumgartner.
Friday, July 25 - 7:45 p.m. & Sunday, July 27 - 6:15 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002
Read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Blue Moon/Red River here!
A son seeking to avenge his father’s death, a woman with no way out and a slacker looking to finally prove himself meet in The Tournament - featuring Peter Pereyra.
Saturday, July 26 - 8:45 p.m. at The Sprenger Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Read the review of The Tournament in DC Metro Theatre Arts here!
A woman refuses to remain in cultural, gender based stereotypes in Coriolanas - directed by Elena Velasco.
Wednesday, July 23 - 8:30 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 2:15 p.m. at Lang Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE Washington, DC 20002
Read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Coriolanas here!
Self-appreciation is explored as a form of expression in SELF - created and performed by Tori Bertocci and Pasquale Guiducci with Jessica Thorne, Konstantine Lortkipanidze, Brittany Diliberto and Dallas Tolentino.
Thursday, July 24 - 10 p.m. & Sunday, July 27 - 4:15 p.m. at The Shop - 607 NY Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about Self here!
A drama about labor union organizing in Sage of Blackwell - starring Synetic House Manager Steve Langley.
Saturday, July 26 - 3:15 p.m. at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington DC
Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about the show here!
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Maria Benze, Synetic Theater’s box office manager, will make her directorial debut July 19, directing the one act Weavers in the Montgomery Playhouse One Act Festival.
Rooted in the mythology of the Three Fates, Weavers tells the story of Candace, Clotho, and a cat named Sam. Candace has grown up in a dying farming community and wants to leave, and Clotho has dreams in which she recalls weaving with two women whom she refers to as her sisters. All this is observed by Sam, Candace’s cat.
Weavers by Evan Guilford-Blake, will feature music by Koki Lortkipanidze, and performances from Meghan Williams Elkins, Avery Florer, Luba Hansen, Kryss Lacovaro, Danny C. Miller and Sonya Okin.
Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m.
The show runs approximately 20 minutes is the first in a lineup of four one-act plays. Following Weavers are H.R, Goode Grief, and Fight or Flight.
For more information on the Thirteenth Annual Montgomery Playhouse One Act Festival, click here.
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