Presented as part of the Summer Special program at CounterPulse
August 19th and 20th 2011
Conceived and directed by Matisse Michalski
Created and performed with Kat Cole, Sarah Fiske and Darl Andrew Packard.
“I made you a mix tape, to try and tell you how I feel”… Shakespeare, contemporary music, dance, true stories and a queer twist collide in this exploration of adolescence. A Mix Tape For Ophelia was been created in collaboration over a six month residency at The Garage in San Francisco. Constantly evolving, this exploration into the world of adolescent girls draws from Shakespeare, our own experiences and Reviving Ophelia by Dr. Mary Piper, one of the few book addressing the issues specific to adolescent girls in contemporary society. The image of Ophelia, drowning in her white dress, has been recreated hundreds of times, forming an achitype of the teen girl, for whom the demands or hurts of the world drive her mad until she falls into a brook and drowns. Is this really what we expect from our smart and sensitive teenagers? This piece works to understand depression and suicide a little better, to shed a light on a very dark subject, and hopefully make things a little brighter for us all.
Collage Theater is working with San Francisco Suicide Prevention as a community partner on this project, reaching out with us, and collaborating to support discussion of such an important issue. The mission of San Francisco Suicide Prevention is to provide emotional support, assistance, and intervention as necessary to persons in crisis and those impacted by them, without regard to race, age, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. SFSP helps thousands of people through personal crises each year and provides a 24-hour, anonymous hotline at 415-781-0500.
developed as part of Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) at The Garage, San Francisco, August 2010 through February 2011
Conceived & Directed by Matisse Michalski, Created with Kat Cole, Sarah Fiske, Macklin Kowal,Darl A. Packard, Rozelle Polido,Kiele Stewart-Funai & Lily Taylor