Polaroid Stories

Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka

October 24-30, 2013

The cast photo above features Woodrow Proctor ’16, (left), Matt Beckstrom ’16, Connor Gleason ’14, Callan Suozzi-Rearic ’14, Clara Moser ’17, Xavier Hatten ’14, Kat Rodriguez ’15, Alison Schaufler ’14, Daniella Deutsch ’17, Jomack Miranda ’16. (Photo by Emma Mohrmann ’14)

A visceral blend of classical mythology and real-life stories told by street kids, Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters’ lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Storiesconveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modern-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force.

Read “Ancient Stories Rise to New Life” by Grace Gerrish, a review in the Skidmore Theater Living Newsletter.

The cast did a couch-surfing project to raise awareness about homeless youth.