FORGIVENESS

 

 

 

WRITTEN BY JOHN ATTANAS

 

 

PERFORMED AT TOM NOONAN'S PARADISE

 

FACTORY THEATRE

 

 

PRODUCED BY THE THREE

DIRECTED BY HEATHER LANZA

 

 

SCENIC DESIGN BY HOLDEN GUNSTER

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN BY ANNIE GARRET-LARSEN

 

COSTUME DESIGN BY COURTNEY FERRARO-

 

SMITH

PHOTOS BY HUNTER CANNING

SOMETIMES THE HARDEST THING TO DO IS TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE SINS OF A LOVED ONE.

BEARING WITNESS WAS THE SEED OF THIS DESIGN THAT BLOSSOMED INTO A SURREAL, CLAUSTROPHOBIC, BEAUTIFUL SET FOR JOHN ATTANA'S FORGIVENESS.

ONE OF THE INITIAL IDEAS HEATHER (THE DIRECTOR) AND I SPOKE ABOUT WAS THE CONCEPT OF CHARACTERS BEARING WITNESS TO THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS, EVEN DURING SCENES THAT WERE NOT THEIR OWN. WHILE THIS IDEA MORPHED DURING THE REHEARSAL AND TECH PROCESS AND PRIMARILY MANIFESTED DURING EERIE AND DISORIENTING TRANSITIONS BETWEEN SCENES (MADE EVEN MORE INTENSE BY ANNIE GARRET-LARSEN'S LIGHTING), THE IDEA STILL WORKED BEAUTIFULLY.

THE STAGE WAS BUILT AS AN ISOLATED FLOATING CROSS WITH THE AGED WOODEN FLOOR OF AN UPSTATE NEW YORK CHURCH, AND THE SET WAS LITTERED WITH BANKERS BOXES CONTAINING FILES FROM LAW FIRMS, ADOPTION AGENCIES, AND CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. DURING TRANSITIONS, CHARACTERS WOULD SLOWLY EMERGE FROM THE CURTAINED ARCHWAY AS THEY STARED DOWN THE SINNERS AND SET FOR THE NEXT SCENE. ALL THE WHILE THE EYES OF ST. CATHERINE STARED ON FROM THE STAINED GLASS.