Sometimes it takes a lie to catch a liar.
What’s a family to do when their head of household falls head-over-heels for a religious fake? When they are forced to live with Tartuffe, the family of Orgon soon find that all of their favorite things in life are deemed sinful by this pseudo religious house guest. The only way to bring life back to normal is to expose Tartuffe for the fraud they all know him to be, and that’s when Dorrine comes up with a plan….
Rapid Descent’s Tartuffe was a fast and crazy production with a cast of ten and live trumpet. We performed it in November 2011 at Shotwell Studios in the Mission.
Costumes: Sibilla Carini
Cast: Aaron Priskorn, Jessica Chisum, Maria Leigh, Brian Livingston, Ryan Marchand, Wiley Namen Strasser, Adam Sussman, Addie Ulrey, Zack.
Knee Kiss photo by Jeremy Pearl.
Rapid Descent’s Tartuffe was proudly supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Footloose Dance Company & Shotwell Studios.
This You Tube clip is a slideshow of photos from Rapid Descent’s Tartuffe. Featuring Aaron Priskorn, Jessica Chisum, Maria Leigh, Brian Livingston, Ryan Marchand, Wiley Namen Strasser, Adam Sussman, Addie Ulrey, Zack.Photos by Luiza Silva and original music written and performed by Aaron Priskorn.
Skin Tight was Rapid Descent’s debut show and performed at CounterPULSE in the Mission In San Francisco in August 2010. The production used Gary Henderson’s modern New Zealand script, which is highly physical, and added in the element of live trumpet. For Skin Tight, Director Megan Finlay collaborated with the highly talented actor/dancers Nathaniel Justiniano, Beth Deitchman, composer/performer/dancer Aaron Priskorn and lighting designer Andrew Packard.
SKIN TIGHT is the story of Elizabeth and Tom, a New Zealand couple. Equal parts memory play, contemporary love story, and timeless drama Gary Henderson’s script is a spare and honest narrative about an enduring romance. Born in different social classes their relationship had been challenged from the beginning and continued to be tested by war, infidelity, an estranged daughter, and terminal illness. Far from perfect and filled with passion, the history and complexity of these lovers is revealed as much with affection as it is with hostility. Fist fights, kissing, arguments, and silences found their place in this production as the cast played with an athleticism of both the heart and body, reveal the bare essence of the text. The production was very well received by both audiences and reviewers and was a highly successful debut for the company.
This You Tube clip is a slideshow of photos from Rapid Descent’s Skin Tight. Featuring Nathaniel Justiniano, Aaron Priskorn and Beth Deitchman. Photos by Luiza Silva and original music written and performed by Aaron Priskorn.