Kent Overshown as Carrefour
• Score - Tom Dean (after
Prokofiev's Fiery Angel) •
• Musical Director - Deirdre McClure •
• Stage Director - Michael Mohammed •
White Darkness is a collage of music, dance, theater
and digital imagery, designed and performed by some of the Bay Area's
most stellar artists.
White Darkness explores
the tumultuous sights and sounds of the Bay Area circa 1978 through the
eyes of Renata (portrayed by Erina Newkirk)--a troubled young woman seeking
answers to the emotional and spiritual conflicts that have plagued her
since childhood. From the Vodoun traditions of her grandmother to the
Charismatic Cultism of Jim Jones' People's Temple, Renata (and her reluctant
companion, Rupert) try to find ways to ease her torment. These themes
are mirrored by Dan White's rise to power, his repressed and troubled
inner life and eventual assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor
Tom Dean's dynamic & ornately woven tapestry of music, based
on a 1927 opera by Serge Prokofiev entitled The Fiery Angel,
combines classic orchestral instruments with Afro-Haitian rhythms, found
sounds and recordings of historical figures and events from the late 70's.
The music will be performed by a 13-piece orchestra under the direction
of Deirdre McClure.
The production will be fully-staged, with settings created by Garrett
Lowe, digital/visual imagery by Ethan Hoerneman, and lighting design by
All performances will be held at the Oakland Metro, our own venue, located
at 201 Broadway (@ 2nd St.) near Jack London Square.