Imagining Rachel

Theatre (solo show, new writing)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Storyteller Elise Robertson embarks on a journey of discovery about Rachel Carson, the iconic environmentalist, who was born 12 miles from her in Pittsburgh, PA, 60 years earlier. Her own demons quickly hijack the story, interweaving her own coming-of-age with Rachel’s, as they struggle with their identities as artists, mothers, and truth-tellers. Staged entirely within zoom, the show uses virtual backgrounds, multiple windows, and other "zoomcraft" magic, pushing the boundaries of this new medium. Alternately sweeping and intimate, funny and moving, Elise plays multiple characters in myriad settings without ever leaving her office chair.

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M Ferguson 24 days ago

Both playful and provocative, Robertson's show explores Rachel Carson's story and legacy as well as her own. What makes it unique is how she combines her crafts--as an actor, writer, and director, but also as as a model-builder and a production designer--to tell a grand story in a very contained physical space. An important contribution to the creation of a new medium that we might call "digital theater."

Jo Dellapina 27 days ago

An amazing piece of art, wholly original, and a delight to watch. Elise brings Rachel Carson to life in a way that does justice to her notable legacy. But she goes beyond just Rachel - she portrays herself, at various ages, and seamlessly intertwines these two paths.

I've always had my doubts about theater via Zoom, but this is truly the best example of how good that can actually be. Elise makes use of the space and technical features, so the audience is fully engaged throughout. I strongly recommend this piece!

B Dono 27 days ago

I was a little skeptical how this was going to go, especially because we’re all ‘zoomed out’ but I was curious because of the subject. I was pleasantly surprised by how captivating this piece is. Elise Robertson bring so much of herself to the work and the parallels between their lives making it much more personal than what I was expecting - Beautifully so. And of course, at a time when global warming is so pressing, Rachel Carson‘s brilliance is timeless and as relevant ever.
Bravo

Maria Leicy 33 days ago

Elise Robertson’s engaging presentation of environmental leader, marine biologist and author, Rachel Carson, is bizarre, impactful and captivating, like an Alice in Wonderland for nature exploration in mid-century America.


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