A Wrinkle in Time: Dramaturgy

Wrinkle in Time show artThose who are familiar with all for One will know that since 2010 we have included notes in every program designed to enrich our audience’s understanding and enjoyment of our plays. These notes, loosely referred to as dramaturgy, may include, among other things: brief biography of original author or playwright, overview of the story and/or the time period, a timeline of historic events related to the play, and notes about our staging choices.

This blog was created in 2013 to serve as a repository of all the information we can’t cram in a page or two of the printed program. In this case, there is so much information readily available online about this book, we are choosing to limit our writing to a brief biography of L’Engle and a synopsis of the beginning of the book, along with some notes on our staging. After the play opens on April 28, we may include more production notes along with photos.

Here then is an only-slightly-expanded version of the Dramaturgy you will find in our program. Those of you who will attend get a chance to read it ahead of time, and in better light.  Continue reading

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Season finale: A Wrinkle in Time

Wrinkle in Time show art
Although it is hard for us on staff to realize that we are already less than a month away from our closing production of 2016-2017, designer/director Jeff Salisbury has been hard at work planning this area premiere for nine months now, and we are all getting more and more excited about bringing a new adaptation of this significant novel to our afO stage.
The first thing many will be wondering is, “Who is in the cast?”  That is easily answered:  12 actors and actresses, SIX of whom are new to the afO Home Stage, who portray over two dozen characters.
CAST LIST
Meg Murry:   Alanna Gough*
Charles Wallace Murry:  Elias Kroeker*
Calvin O’Keefe:   Reed Maibach*
Mrs. Whatsit:  Katherine Nash*
Mrs. Who:  Christine Newman-Aumiller
Mrs. Which:  Rachel Maibach
The Man with Red Eyes:  Dennis Nichols
Mrs. Murry: Brittany Scantlin* (also Camazotz citizen 2, Aunt Beast’s Voice)
Mr. Murry:  Colin Aumiller (also Goul)
with
Kristin Wilder as The Happy Medium, Principal Jenkins, Camazotz citizen 3
Ben Wilder as Henderson, U.V. Double, Son, Beast
Katie Detweiler* as Teacher, Skeleton, U.V. Double, Camazotz 1
Sarah Hobson as Post Mistress, U.V. Double, Daughter, Beast
* indicates first appearance on afO stage
PRODUCTION TEAM
Jeff Salisbury                                 Director/Production Designer/Lighting Design
Catherine Bougher                      Stage Manager
Deanna DeTurk                            Costumer
J. Scott Kump                                 Sound Design and Original Music
Christine Newman-Aumiller    Prop Design and Construction
Larry Nolan                                   Set Construction
Emily Contrares                           Video Animator
In our next post, we’ll give a short synopsis of the play, and its background as an awarding-winning children’s novel.