Chameleon’s Dish is proud to present ANNABEL LOST, an original work by Frances Kimpel
This four-person play combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of Quetzal, an orphaned refugee of colonial wars, and her otherworldly companion. The narrative centers on their evolving relationship as they attempt to build meaning for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework.
At The Democracy Center, Cambridge
March 29 at 8:00 PM
April 3 at 8:00 PM
April 5 at 8:00 PM
Admission is free; donations gladly accepted.
Lenny Somervell as Quetzal
Frances Kimpel as Spirit One
Jaryn Wilcox as Spirit Two
and Stephanie Karol as Spirit Three
Directed by Frances Kimpel
Choreography, Assistant Direction by Charlotte Oswald
Assistant Direction by Lenny Somervell
Costumes by Jonathan Kindness
Props by Eboracum Richter-Dahl
Graphic Design by Jenna Schlags
Produced by Stephanie Karol
Hello, friends! We at Chameleons Dish Theatre are launching a kickstarter for our upcoming project, Annabel Lost. This original play by Frances Kimpel combines visual art and performance poetry and a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of two orphaned refugees.
As a fledgling theatre company, we want to keep our performances free to the public. At the same time, works like Annabel Lost require an enormous amount of time, energy, and raw materials. We are hoping to be able to provide a modest stipend for our actors and production staff, as well as raise money to make the visual-art and technical elements of the show the best that they can be.
We want this production to be the best that it can possibly be, and you can help! Click here to learn more and consider donating.
There’s still time to get involved in the show itself, either in acting or technical aspects. Check out this post for more about how you can be a part of the production.
Thanks to everyone who auditioned! Annabel Lost is now cast, and we’re looking forward to a great show.
SEEKING ACTORS AND ARTISTS 18+ for Chameleon’s Dish’s experimental theater piece incorporating both prose and poetry, to be performed in Cambridge at the Democracy Center on the evenings of 3/22, 3/29, 4/3, and 4/5. Actors with disabilities, non-binary actors, and actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition. Musical ability and a background in dance or movement is a plus.
Auditions by appointment: contact Frances Kimpel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTORS: Please bring a prepared monologue and/or poetic piece (you will be asked to read both prose and poetry as a part of the audition). Roles are not restricted to specific physical types: anyone may be considered for any role.
OTHER ARTISTS: We are seeking collaborators for creating the visual art, choreography, and music to be integrated with the piece. Anyone interested in this capacity is encouraged to bring or prepare (physically or virtually) an example of their work. You may fill this in addition to an acting role.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
This four-person play combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of Quetzal, an orphaned refugee of colonial wars, and her otherworldly companion. The narrative centers on their evolving relationship as they attempt to build meaning for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework. Although the story takes place in another world, it touches upon Earth-relevant issues, focusing on the intersection between social, personal, and philosophical concerns. The content and artistry alike build towards interweaving the real with the imaginary.
ROLES TO BE FILLED: SPIRIT 1, SPIRIT2, and SPIRIT 3. All three are aspects of a genderless entity belonging to a dubiously real culture called ‘Aether’. They deliver the bulk of the poetry and abstract choreography in the piece.
SPIRIT 2 manifests in the first half of the play as a more human character called ‘RIME’, fellow refugee and friend to QUETZAL.
SPIRIT 1 manifests in the latter half of the play as a quixotic and child-like figure called ‘ANNABEL’.
SPIRIT 3, being the most removed and ineffable aspect, never manifests in a more human form.
SPIRITS 1 and 3 additionally double as MASKED FIGURES, representing colonial presence.
Date: Friday, December 19
Location: The Democracy Center, Cambridge
Join Chameleon’s Dish for a reading of Annabel Lost, a short play by Frances Kimpel. Doors open at 7:30 and refreshments will be provided. The reading itself will start at 8:00 and run a little under an hour. Stay on afterward for discussion and a chance to impact the shape this production will take when it goes up this spring. This is still very much an open project, and we invite you to be a part of it!
About the Play
Annabel Lost combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of two orphaned refugees, Quetzal and Rhime. The narrative centers on their evolving relationship as they attempt to build lives for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework: while threats both internal and external threaten to consume them, their contrasting strengths prove grounds for both tension and mutual support.
The content and artistry of the piece are alike geared towards interweaving the real with the imaginary. Although the story takes place in another world, it touches upon Earth-relevant issues, focusing on the intersection between social, personal, and philosophical concerns. As the performers move through the narrative, they combine and recombine the more abstract elements of the piece with the concrete in order to highlight the development of central themes and relationships. Chimerical poetry, art, and choreography are interwoven with tangible characters and events in a manner that both deepens the more realistic content and provides a relatable framework for the more esoteric.
What is a Process Reading?
Annabel Lost is a collaborative work, and we continue to look for creative input on all levels for the upcoming spring 2015 production. Both the subject matter and composition of this piece stretch the experience and knowledge of our present troupe, in addition to challenging conventional forms of theatrical story-telling. As such, we believe that offering the piece up to wider range of scrutiny and input will be immensely beneficial to its development. The focus of this reading, therefore, is not only to present the script, but also to solicit feedback and connect with other artists interested in joining our team for the spring production.