Road Kill Giant

by Aleshea Harris directed by Marina McClure ’04

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Road Kill Giant is a darkly comedic circus-play which explores themes of loneliness, trauma, and transformation. Each character struggles with being a “freak” in their own way: Girl’s body and memory have been shattered by a devastating accident, Duke is a lonely dropout whose only friends are the roadkill he dissects, Mother is so distraught that she seeks connection with a circus bear and Ringmaster’s desire to rekindle his relationship with his wife is played out perversely in front of a live audience. In a gritty landscape rife with magical happenings, we see how these lives intersect and reaffirm the universal nature of love and loss.

 
 

Aleshea Harris (Playwright) is an award-winning writer and performer for the stage and screen currently completing an MFA in Writing for Performance at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been featured in short films and at the Edinburgh and Orlando Fringe Festivals, American Conservatory Theatre, American Stage Theatre, The Poynter Institute at the University of South Florida, and REDCAT’s 2013 TEDx Conference. As a spoken word poet she has won the Sacred Sounds Poetry Slam three times and placed second at the 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. She has also independently released an EP and two full length albums. She is devising a new work with French students as a 2014 artist-in-residence at La Comedie de Saint-Etiénne.

 

Marina McClure (Director) creates highly visual live performances that confront injustice and advocate for universal compassion. She has directed theater, opera and parades for Handspring Puppet Company, American Conservatory Theater, REDCAT, The Kennedy Center, Northern Stage, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, the New York & Capital Fringe Festivals, and in found spaces and theaters in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, New England, and South Africa. Marina is creating an arts festival in Barrydale, South Africa with the Handspring Trust, Magpie Arts Collective and the youth organization Net vir Pret, and is also developing a new “think tank” for the arts with longtime collaborator and activist Nick Benacerraf. She has assisted Anne Bogart/SITI Co, William Kentridge and Janni Younge, and Maria Morett, and was a 2012 Fulbright Finalist. MFA: CalArts, BA: Dartmouth. www.marinamcclure.com

 

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