Sibyl Kempson: Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag
Set in the Great Depression, Sibyl Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag is a story of an extended family of sharecroppers who are visited, interviewed, and photographed by two live-in reporters from the “Big City” and also possibly by an ancient Mesopotamian sage. An irrational musical contemplation of the ethical pitfalls of poetic journalism, Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag is inspired by the work of James Agee and Walker Evans as well as Sontag’s essay ‘On Photography,’ the journals of Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, The NEW American Machinists’ Handbook, the ancient Assyrian mythological seals in the JP Morgan Collection, and a couple of Broadway musicals. Featuring music by Ashley Turba and staging by David Neumann.
This work was developed through the support of The Jerome Foundation, New Dramatists, Duke University and Sarah Lawrence College.
This is the inaugural production of Kempson’s new theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Read more »
Act 1- 1 hour 21 minutes
Act 2- 27 minutes
There will be a 15 minute intermission.
Cast: Rolls Andre, Becca Blackwell, Eleanor Hutchins, Robert Johanson, Lavish Miller, Gavin Price, Tanya Selvaratnam, Amanda Villalobos, Sarah Willis
Band: Ellery Royston & Johnny Gasper
Writing/Direction: Sibyl Kempson
Music: Ashley Turba
Stage Management: Eryk Aughenbaugh
Dramaturgy: Jody McAuliffe, Eryk Aughenbaugh
Choreography: David Neumann
Set & Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra
Sound Designer: Ellery Royston
Lighting: Sarah Lurie
Construction: Brendan Regimbal, Laurena Allan
Understudy: Tavish Miller
Producer: Meredith Boggia