Named after Proust’s description of the moments between waking from a deep sleep and remembering who you are, the play is a tapestry of stories about the fluid nature of identity by focusing on people who survive brain injury and their equally challenged relatives: wives, sons, even doctors, all of whom are forced (sometimes moment by moment) to redefine who they are.
August Strindberg searches for inspiration from the world around him and from the “Powers” that he believes are guiding him and learns that the fantastical universe inside of him is perhaps more real than the “real” world outside of him.
Set in the anxious landscape of September 11th and inspired by the haunting idea of learning something you wish you never knew; this play is a mystery about the personal truths revealed by a global tragedy.
Three actors rehearse a play that is eerily like their lives and makes them ask themselves the big question (that all of us have to face sooner or later) -- "What am I doing with my life?"
An adaptation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, this play isn’t for children. Turns out Mom’s having a private conference with God and he’s telling her to abandon the children in the woods...in order to ensure survival. Or so she says. Events unfold that probe questions of loyalty, betrayal, and survival of the flesh at the cost of the soul.
Edward Elefterion is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Rabbit Hole Ensemble. His play A ROPE IN THE ABYSS, about traumatic brain injury and the fluid nature of identity, was produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble and inaugurated their Theatre for Communities project by touring to various underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods and performing for free. Other plays produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble include THE SIBLINGS, an apocalyptic version of the Grimm Fairy Tale “Hansel and Gretel”, and BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, a 9/11 play exploring the unforgiving power of information. While living in England, he worked with the Midlands Refugee Council and was commissioned to write two plays: NOBODY YOU KNOW and A REFUGEE STORY. As a director, Edward has over two decades of experience working with playwrights and directing new plays. He has been nominated numerous times for his directing and lighting design work and won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director in 2008. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Usual Suspects (New York Theatre Workshop’s emerging artist group), and teaches acting and Biomechanics at Hofstra University where he as been an adjunct professor since 2001. He has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Indiana University.
More About Edward Elefterion
My new play, DISAPPEARING ACT, in The Great Room at 138 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. [October 8, 2015]