Based on texts written by Richard Foreman
Directed by Jesse Bonnell
Paradise Island is a new performance work based on texts written by Richard Foreman between the years 1973 - 1983. Part retrospective, part future bending reinvention, Paradise Island brings new life to one of America's most influential experimental artists.
We explore, through a contemporary lens, notions of paradise, shifting between the everyday events of a cafe in Paris and the euphoric nature of the sublime hidden rhythms of the unknown.
Although the text is historical in context, Paradise Island is a new work of theater that compresses a decade of writing into an evening long performance. We are giving new life back into what could soon be forgotten texts of New York’s 70’s downtown loft-era performance.
Texts Written by Richard Foreman
Conceived and Directed by Jesse Bonnell
Choreographed by Milka Djordjevich
Light Design by Chris Khul
Sound Design by Duncan Woodbury
Scenic Design by Salmah Beydoun
Performed by Gabriella Rhodeen, Pricilla Chung, Sarahjeen Francois, Alex Barlas, and Brad Culve
Photos by Vanessa Crocin