Ochlos Theatre Lab
Carol Ellis started Ochlos in New York, then transplanted it here when she moved. I first met her when I auditioned for another project she was directing. I loved the audition, but couldn't do the piece. She said she'd keep my info on file and I appreciated her saying that, but didn't really believe her. Turns out, Carol doesn't really say stuff she doesn't mean.
A year later I get a call to audition for a piece she was directing for Ochlos called "Medea3" (pictured above). I showed up and ate cheese and drank wine and THEN auditioned. I was hooked.
We performed "Medea3" at the FuryFactory Festival of Ensemble Theatre in San Francisco in 2009. in 2010 we developed my piece "to the birds" and presented it at a salon-style evening in my living room.
In 2012 we did a residency on her new property in Sebastapol. Camping on the land for one week each month, we created a piece about civil unrest--based on the Occupy movement, Arab Spring, Pussy Riot and everything else that was and is still going on. In August 2014 we remounted the piece with more actors and more audience. Who would've guessed the material would become even more relevant, adding in the shooting of unarmed black teenagers in the U.S., a resurgence of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the appearance of ISIS. We called the piece "Unrest" and hoped it served as a collective place for our audiences and ourselves to contribute to this global dialogue and find meaningful ways to enact change.
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