Inspired by American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story The Artist of the Beautiful and under the direction of Katharine Noon, the Los Angeles-based theater ensemble has crafted a haunting new play, that explores the delicate intersection of genius and madness. In a world of shredded books and ticking time pieces, Annie—the brilliant, yet tense progeny of a scientist and a watchmaker—has one desire: to restore the soul of her twin brother. With blueprints for a synthetic soul in hand, she turns to a local glassblower to execute the central, delicate piece. When progress falters as she confides in her new companion, Annie begins to feel that time may be running out.
Recommendation: For high school age and above.
The Ghost Road Company is one of Los Angeles’ premiere theatre ensembles dedicated to the creation of new work for the stage. The company is unique in its approach, having developed their own methods of collaborative development over the years –methods that utilize the talents and experiences of each ensemble member. The Ghost Road Company has toured in the U.S. and abroad; most recently a series of trips to Poland, where the ensemble has established a deep artistic connection and has benefited from participating in Polish theatre practices and process.
Katharine Noon is the artistic director of the Ghost Road Company (GRC), a theatre ensemble founded in 1993 that creates original work for the stage. Noon has conceived or been involved in the creation of numerous of these works, highlights include Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk (collaborator/performer), created and performed with theatre ensemble Burglars of Hamm and presented at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, the New York Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Clytemnestra Project (director) in partnership with Theatre of NOTE for the Common Ground Festival at UCLA, with subsequent performances at Theatre of NOTE and Ko Festival in Amherst, MA; Orestes Remembered: The Fury Project (director), presented at Powerhouse Theatre in Venice and Fury Factory Festival in San Francisco; Home Siege Home (director), performed at NaCl in New York, Arcata Playhouse, The Getty Villa and [Inside] the Ford in Hollywood; and Stranger Things (collaborator/performer), presented at Ko Festival and Atwater Village Theatre. Other directing credits include Laurel Ollstein’s The Dark Ages for Playwrights Arena and The Car Plays for Moving Arts. She conceived and directed The Bargain and the Butterfly, a piece that was developed by GRC ensemble and, in part, influenced by their residency in Warsaw with Polish theatre company Studium Teatralne. The Bargain and the Butterfly premiered in Los Angeles at ArtWorks in Hollywood and traveled to Warsaw in 2013, along with GRC’s production of Pantofelnik’s Suitcase. GRC is a member of The Network of Ensemble Theatres and Katharine has served on its board. She is a recipient of the Lee Melville Award for contribution to Los Angeles Theatre and is a professor at Loyola Marymount University where she most recently directed an ensemble devised piece, The Icarus Project.