Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way-stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape.
Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society’s fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume.
What: The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television presents POLAROID STORIES
Where: Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N Olive Rd, Tucson AZ 85719
When: Oct. 27 – Nov. 6, 2022
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The play is a presentation of TFTV’s Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART), the public laboratory and showcase for the School’s professional training programs.
Directed by ART Artistic Director Hank Stratton and featuring lighting design by Christopher Mason and scenic and projection design by Joe C. Klug, Polaroid Stories features a cast of students in TFTV’s nationally ranked Acting/Musical Theatre program.
“In my research it became astonishingly clear to me how homelessness can happen to anyone in our society,” says actor Alyssa DiRaimondo, who plays the role of Eurydice. “The characters inPolaroid Stories are based on real people and their stories. Retelling their stories as authentically as possible isn’t just my goal, but my responsibility.”
DiRaimondo joins cast members Caleb Files (playing the role of D), Brooke Gorman(Persephone/Semele), Ray Cuevas (Orpheus), Camden Stankus (Philomel), Bella Santoni(SKINHEADgirl), Alex Simpson (Narcissus), Emma Sage (Echo), Max Murray (SKINHEADboy) and Babacar Ba (G).
“Aided by mesmerizing lighting and projection design that echoes the mythology, it’s our hope to bring into focus a largely unseen group of young people whose stories are personal, searing, singular yet universal,” says Stratton. “The characters in this play and their stories are as temporary as the photographs that inspire its title, and yet the real-world challenges that unhoused youth face every day endure and demand our attention.”
A post-show discussion on Nov. 4 will feature director Stratton, cast and creatives in conversation with a representative from Fostering Success, the University program focused on building community on campus for students who have experienced the foster care system, housing insecurity or homelessness.
Ticket discounts are available.
, with preview performances Oct. 23 and Oct. 26