“Out of the Rehearsal Hall” takes a deep dive into the theatrical process, even while we are still creating work from the rehearsal halls in our own homes. This season might find you listening to audio plays, streaming a solo performance online, and attending the theatre in a new socially-distant manner. In this podcast series, we’ll explore it all.
Hosted by Literary Director Jenni Werner and co-hosts from the Geva staff, including Fran Da Silveira, Karin Eckert, Angela Guiseppetti, Chris Mannelli, Esther Winter, and Pirronne Yousefzadeh, with music by Andrew Mark Wilhelm.
In this episode, projection designer Rasean Davonte Johnson (Geva’s THURGOOD and RING OF FIRE), joins Jenni Werner to talk about his process and the artists and theatres that have had an influence on his career and his aesthetic. It’s a conversation that ranges from Dracula and magic and nostalgia to creating an evocative storytelling style through metaphor and image. Davonte specifically speaks about the questions that inform the process of projection design, and the role that it can play in theatrical storytelling. What does it take to evoke a sense of a visual story, without telling that story in a literal way? And how does that inform the emotional journey of the performance? Sometimes that kind of storytelling comes from unexpected places, and we talk about some great examples of his work.