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We live in paradise and it’s too late.
By Jamie Semel
Directed and produced by Lana Richards
Benefiting GRID Alternatives
Running as a double bill with 4 $TAGES.
Lloyd is the CEO of an oil company. His daughter Sophie is an environmental activist. Arabella is a Jacaranda mimosifolia, a sub-tropical tree native to South America. When Lloyd receives a letter from Arabella on the same day Sophie brings home a disagreeable guest, he begins to question the sacrifices he has made for his family.
About the Playwright
Jamie Semel is a theater artist based in Boston. She is particularly interested in the intersection of theater and environmentalism and how it can be further explored through education. Her senior thesis project at Brandeis University was a devised play called Luna, which won the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. Luna is a fairytale about the two year tree-sit of environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill that explores our relationship and responsibility to the natural world. She has performed with the Boston physical theater company Imaginary Beasts in [or, the whale] as well as in their annual Winter Panto 2018: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Some of her favorite productions at Brandeis included Martyr, The Way of Water, and Twelfth Night. She is a proud alumna of the National Theater Institute and the British American Drama Academy.
About the Director
Lana Richards is a New York City-based director. She is especially interested in theater that explores the relationship between humans and the environment, and has worked with We Players, Superhero Clubhouse, Bread and Puppet Theater Co., Pacific Repertory Theater, and more. She is an alumna of Connecticut College where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow, Goodwin Niering Center for the Environment Scholar, and a recipient of the Crabtree Award for her excellence in leadership and theater making. She has studied with the Michael Chekhov Association, SITI Company, and at the National Theater Institute for Advanced Directing. Recent projects include In the Spotlight (Connecticut College), Ithaca (The Electric Lodge, Venice CA), Vivisection (NYU MFA Playwriting), and Eurydice (Connecticut College).