The best things in life are ephemeral. I’d amend that only to say that some of the very best things in life are ephemeral and collaborative. My most rewarding experiences have been creating work collaboratively. The result may be a theatrical production, a dance performance, a performative installation, a video — or photographs in which the photos document a process that in itself was highly ephemeral and performative. I am grateful to have worked with many talented people. I have taken various roles including that of writer, director, set designer, producer, projections designer and/or editor.
Above are scenes from Aching to Go Home, one of two plays I’ve written. Aching to Go Home is based on chapters in my father’s life. In the course of writing this work I traveled to France, Austria, Belgium, Israel and far-flung parts of the U.S. to successfully locate people who had known my father well during World War II and immediately afterwards. This process took a couple of years and was exceptionally rewarding.
Aching To Go Home was fully staged at the Epic Center Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI, May 20 – 24, 2004. Director, Doris Mirescu; music and sound design by Michaël Attias; scenic and lighting design by Jon Reeves; projection design by Kevin Abbott; costume design by Elaine Kauffman; projected video and photography by Paul R. Solomon. Cast: Jessica L. Cerutti; Erin Leigh Chupinsky; Joel J. Gelman; Rachel Clare Higgins; Richard Philpot and David Earl White. Executive Producer: Anne Fischell
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Rubicon was initially conceived as an opera. It morphed into a site-specific performance piece staged with the intention of it working as a video. Rubicon was written by Paul Solomon, who also designed the red tensile structures and wrote the narrative. The work was created at Ohio State University in 1994.
Two of my studies for costumes for Rubicon:
graphite and pastel drawing
detail of graphite and pastel drawing