Sibyl Kempson: Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag

World Premiere

Set in the Great Depression, Sibyl Kempsons 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 »

Running Time:
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