Water by the Spoonful
Written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, Directed by Ronn Johnstone
Basile Theatre, IndyFringe
The title of this show immediately brings images to the mind, whether that has to do with the water or the spoon. But ultimately, neither of those single images can tell the story of this show.
A through-line exists for the characters in each of their journeys, specifically in the way that they each undergo a sort of baptism as they're plunged into intense circumstances. That baptism image draws the audience back to water. However, this fails to take the spoon into account.
The water is the task and the spoon is the commitment. These are both integral parts of changing our lives, in transforming ourselves. We must choose to go under, and we must choose to keep doing so.
From a practical standpoint, the set also tries to integrate all of the essential parts of this story instead of focusing on a single metaphor. This story is about a family, on and off-line, and the waters they're all crossing to create change in their lives. My design concept allows each of these to flow into the others with a grace we often fail to recognize in our day-to-day lives.
Director: Ronn Johnstone
Lighting Designer: Christian McKinney
Scenic Designer: Sarah White
Costume Designer: Callie Burk
Technical Director: Ronn Johnstone