so close yet so far away
Written by Chekhov, with excerpts by Davia Schendel
Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica
Directed by Ann Slote and Jennifer Gould
Set design by Ann Slote
Lighting Design by Benedict Conran
About the piece
We intertwined Chekhov's short play, The Bear, with poetic excerpts by Davia Schendel. Schendel's writings on relationship and disconnection added relevancy to Chekhov's piece, adapting it for the modern woman. Flashbacks and puppetry portrayed Popova's abusive history with her deceased husband, exploring themes of acceptance, grief, and identity within borders. This performance discussed the human ability to push forward and heal post trauma.
Puppets acted as doubles during flashbacks for both main characters. Puppet features and faces were identical to the actors' bodies.