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2002-2012 Retrospective

See clips from 10 years of our productions from The Secret of Steep Ravines (2002) at PS122, to Innocents (2005) and Betrothed (2007) at the Ohio Theatre, to Fire Throws (2009) at 3LD to our award nominated Septimus and Clarissa (2011) at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.  Wrapping up the reel are clips from our preview production of The World is Round at 2012 mounted in anticipation of our premiere of this work in Spring 2014.


      The World is Round (2012)


A new folk opera fable from Ripe Time that will be opening in Spring 2014. Music and Lyrics by Heather Christian, Conceived and Directed by Rachel Dickstein from Gertrude Stein.

Excerpts from our December 2012 Work-in-progress showing as part of Ripe Time's residency at The JCC in Manhattan. Adapted from Gertrude Stein. Conceived, Directed, and Written by Rachel Dickstein. Music and Lyrics by Heather Christian. Live music performed by Heather and The Arbornauts (Jon Anderson, Matt Bogdanow, Josh Myers) Acting ensemble includes Christian April Matthis (Hollow Roots/ERS), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet) and Philip Taratula (The Lily's Revenge). Design team: Mimi Lien (set), Mark Barton (lights) Ilona Somogyi (costumes), John Sullivan (Sound) and Ben Rubin (installation.)


 And Suddenly a Kiss, There on the Back of My Neck

Co created by Rachel Dickstein and Susan Zeeman Rogers.  En route to receiving a lifetime achievement award, a woman stops by her childhood summer home and comes face to face with her past. In a garden filled with former lovers and watchful spirits, Isabel and the audience travel through dream-like “rooms” filled with her past loves and losses. In this experiential audio-visual walking tour an intimately layered score of original music, sound, and memories complements a dance driven story, with actors emerging from behind trees, in dense thickets, and in faraway meadows. Set amongst magnificent trees over 150 years old, Sylvan Wood is a dance theatre adventure buoyed by the mysteries, transformations and revelations of a woman’s life. With LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Grant Neale and Estelle Parsons.

Septimus and Clarissa (2011)

Selected short clips from the critically acclaimed production SEPTIMUS AND CLARISSA, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, directed by and developed with Rachel Dickstein with an original score by Gina Leishman. Featuring Craig Baldwin, LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Ellen McLaughlin, Tom Nelis, Susan Pellegrino, Tommy Schrider, Miriam Silverman, and Henry Stram


Fire Throws (2009) 


Short Clips from Ripe Time's 2009 production FIRE THROWS. Produced by Ripe Time at 3LD Art & Technology Center.  Written and Directed by Rachel Dickstein based on Sophocles' ANTIGONE. Designed by Susan Zeeman Rogers, Tyler Micoleau, Maya Ciarrocchi, Jane Shaw, and Oana Botez-Ban. (3.5minutes of footage plus credits.) Music by Charming Hostess/Jewlia Eisenberg.


Betrothed (2007)


Created in collaboration with the ensemble: Laura Butler, Lula Graves, Daniel Irizarry, Ryan Justesen, Mahira Kakkar, Derek Lucci, Paula McGonagle, Gita Reddy, Alok Tewari Set Design by Susan Zeeman Rogers. Costume Design by Oana Botez-Ban. Lighting Design by Nicole Pearce. Produced by Catherine Ward. Production Manager/TD Gary Levinson


Innocents (2005) 

Innocents (2005). Conceived and directed by Rachel Dickstein, adapted by Ms. Dickstein with Emily Morse Lily Bart’s search for wealth, power, and independence in turn-of-the-century New York society turns tragic when she gets ensnared in a tangled web of deception, revenge and missed opportunities.  Based on Edith Wharton’s classic THE HOUSE OF MIRTH and produced on the novel’s 100th anniversary. Original Music and Sound by Katie Down. Set Design by Susan Zeeman Rogers. Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau. Costume Design by Ilona Somogyi. Dramaturgy by Emily Morse Developed in collaboration with the ensemble: Margot Ebling, LeeAnne Hutchison, Paula McGonagle, Grant Neale, Christopher Oden, Andy Paris, and Jill A. Samuels “Ms. Dickstein artfully draws the audience into a mesmerizing mood piece composed of seamless vignettes . . . . . ravishing moments . . . stunning visuals . . . pure visual entertainment. . . . Dickstein is a maverick illusionist.” - Phoebe Hoban, The New York Times “Grand and glorious.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety “Ravishing.” – Rachel Wetzsteon, The Village Voice “A dazzling achievement!” – Backstage

The Secrets of Steep Ravines (2002)

An old house full of secrets. A girl hungry with curiousity. Through the keyhole, we watch as her imagination unleashes a fury of dreams and questions, creating a surreal carnival that entrances and betrays.  A visceral new theatre work driven by powerful physicality and vivid imagery. Conceived and directed by Rachel Dickstein, developed with and written by Barbara Wiechmann Set Design by Sarah Edkins Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau Costume Design by Ilona Somogyi Sound and Music By Katie Down Dramaturgy by Emily Morse Developed in collaboration with the ensemble: Victoria Boomsma, Genna Brocone, Dion Doulis, Patrick Lacey, Erika Latta, David Natale, Julia Prud’homme, and Kameron Steele World premiere: Performance Space 122, New York City. Developed in workshop at the Ohio Theatre, the Clark Studio Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Ko Festival of Performance, and New Georges.


The Palace at 4am (1997)

The Palace at 4 a.m. (1997). Adapted and directed by Rachel Dickstein. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd,” and Sophie Calle’s “Suite Venitienne.” Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter Set and Costume Design by the director.