Department of Theatre

Original Productions & Adaptations


We Are The Source!

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Original Production 2011 
Written by Fred Wildfang
Original Music by Alta Graham and Jonathan Latta
Directed by Kathryn Moller
Set Design By Jeffery P. Eisenmann
Graphic Media Design by Desiree Henderson

Illustration/design by Shan Wells
Technical Director Doug Lehe

 Fort Lewis College Theater staged 
We Are The Source, in 2011 to honor the centennial anniversary of Fort Lewis College's founding in 1911.

Our creative process utilized contemporary dance, painting, poetry, and music made by our community of students and alumni in response to the story of Fort Lewis College. An original creation, the work rested upon the collaboration of multiple stakeholders in the Fort Lewis College experience, including local historians, such as author Fred Wildfang, and FLC alumni, whose experiences were condensed into soliloquies, and paintings by a community artist. 
Fort Lewis College Theatre also leaned heavily on participation by the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College Writing Program, Fort Lewis College Native American Center, Fort Lewis College Department of Music, Fort Lewis College Athletics, El Centro de Muchos Colores, and the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College in order to create an inclusive work referencing as many voices and contributors to our history as possible.

Enrique’s Journey

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Original Production 2010
Based on the best selling book by Sonia Nazario

Written by Anthony Garcia
Original Music by Daniel Valdez
Directed by Felicia Meyer

An odyssey of epic proportions. A young boy travels from Honduras to North Carolina on a series of boxcars immigrants call El Tren de la Muerte – The Train of Death – to find his mother who has crossed the border in search of a better life for her family. Along the way he encounters bandits, gangsters, and corrupt police. But, Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope–and the kindness of strangers. Please join us for this workshop* production of a riveting story of love and the will to survive.

 Enrique's Journey was part of the Common Reading Experience Program at FLC. 


Seraphic Circus

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Original production 2009
Inspired by "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel García Márquez

Directed and Choreographed
by Judy Austin and Kathryn Moller

Dark, twisted, fantastic realism--this original full-length dance-theatre production is an adaptation of the story written by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. It tells the tale of a mysterious winged man that falls from the sky into a small coastal village. As the town’s people become curious about him they overlook the possibility of his magical nature, preferring the spectacle of a circus. In so doing, they let fall away the gifts in life that have true and deep meaning.

 

Deja Vu

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Original Production 2009
Created& Directed by Kari Margolis

Based on finding the unexpected in familiar things, this work was created over the course of the semester through collaboration between the cast and the director.

Kari Margolis is known for her merging of physical techniques, motivation, and emotion to create exciting and innovative works and  has been committed to the creation of original theatre productions and the exploration of the actor's craft for over two decades. She is Co-Artistic Director of the Margolis Brown Adaptors Company founded in New York City in 1984. 

She has authored and directed numerous productions that have toured nationally and internationally. Over the last 26 years, she has developed a unique physical approach to actor training known as the Margolis Method, a technique that she teaches at her studios in Highland, NY and Minneapolis, MN. 
 


Folding Paper Cranes

Original Production 2006
Written by Leonard “Red” Bird
Adapted for Stage & Directed by Kathryn Moller

 Adapted from the novel by Durango-area poet Leonard “Red” Bird, Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir, explores Bird’s journey through the atomic age. By juxtaposing the nuclear blast at Hiroshima, Japan, with Bird’s own duties as an “Atomic Marine” stationed at Yucca Flat, NV, we see the enormity of past decisions and the resulting fallout. Thus, we explore not only the devastation of nuclear blasts, but the hope that springs from destruction; “the phoenix rising from the ashes, transformed and radiant.” Fort Lewis College students from the United States and Japan work together as an ensemble to create a riveting performance you will not forget.

Beau L'Amour Tapes a Radio Show (Merrano of the Dry County)

Original Production 2006
Written by Louis L'Amour
Adapted for Stage by Beau L'Amour
Directed by Kathryn Moller

Originally adapted as a radio play by Beau L'Amour, this classic western tale appeared as part of the first annual Voices in American Drama Play Reading Series. Anglo ranchers, new to the western terrain, struggle with drought and their own mismanagement of the land. A thriving Hispanic rancher becomes the scapegoat as the cattle die and tensions raise. Cowboy hats, guns, good guys and bad, a classic western with a Hollywood ending.

The Voices in American Drama: Play Reading Series featured new works that were undergoing revisions and final edits. Authors were on hand to answer questions and work with the directors and actors to polish their work.

Skins

Original Production 1997-2005

New York City Production - Winter 2005
Fort Lewis College Production - Fall 1997

Written by Elizabeth Ingraham & Kathryn Moller
Directed by Kathryn Moller

Skins is an ensemble collaborative work that brings together poetry, movement, voice, and music. Inspired by the poetry and sculpture work of Elizabeth Ingraham, Skins grew from the collaborative efforts of Ms. Ingraham and Kathryn Moller (Director/Choreographer). The performance-based piece combines multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual aspects in exploring what it means to be human.

Skins’ transformational themes include the shaping, limiting, and stripping of our “selves” by cultural, social and developmental patterns, and addressing the differences between genuine desires and expectations of society. With Ingraham’s poem, The Sea of Cortez, serving as its backbone and the richly-layered, multi-colored geography of the Southwest influencing the visuals for the performance work, Skins explores the inner landscape in all of us.

Skins was originally performed at Fort Lewis College in the Fall of 2004. In 2005, the production was taken to the LaMama E.T.C. Theatre in New York City where our theatre students worked hand in hand with professional actors, dancers, and directors.

The Hobbit

Original Production 2003
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Adapted for stage & directed by Kurt Lancaster.

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is a story about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who helps the dwarves reclaim their kingdom after it was taken over by dragon Smaug. Bilbo has many adventures crossing forests and mountains while meeting trolls and goblins.

Through the Fire

Original Production 2000
Written by Maureen May & Kathryn Moller.
Directed by Kathryn Moller.

Through the Fire is based on the collection of nine portraits painted by Maureen May. Utilizing the survivor stories that she collected, as well as various other printed materials, prose and poetry, Through the Fire reflects the stories, metamorphoses, and freedoms of nine survivors of abuse. This abstract visual theatre piece combines stories from Native American, Hispanic, and Caucasian women as well as men. Crossing gender, age, and cultural differences, the juxtaposing stories combine to form an “everyperson” journey from which we hope to gain a different perspective of the complex issues of domestic abuse. It is a collaborative endeavor between painter Maureen May, director/choreographer Kathryn Moller, Fort Lewis College students, and Durango community artists of various disciplines. Live sound/music accompany the performance.
 

Metamorphosis

From the binding once necessary 
cocoon of the caterpillar past.

Struggling, fighting
through the birth-pangs of life
the Butterfly finally emerges.

Free to fly.
Athena

Portraits of Desire

Original Production
Adapted & Directed by Kathryn Moller

A Soldier's Tale

Original Production
Adapted & Directed by Kathryn Moller.

In 1915, Igor Stravinsky was inspired to create a theatrical work based on the Russian folk tales he remembered from his youth. Derived from the Faustian legend of a man who sells his soul to the devil, A soldier’s Tale takes a simpler look at the exchanges people make for riches, power, youth, and wisdom. Stravinsky chose to create a true collaboration between theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts. He created A Soldier’s Tale for Ballets Russes, a company of Russian ballet dancers who had relocated to Paris in search of artistic freedom. Pablo Picasso was to design the set and costumes; Leonid Massine was to choreograph; and Stravinsky was to create the music. Although these great artists had created many works together, this particular collaboration was interrupted by World War I and the disintegration of The Ballets Russes. Determined to complete the project, Stravinsky re-adapted A Soldier’s Tale into a small, narrated ensemble work.

This production is an attempt to re-consider Stravinsky’s original full-scale idea. Although the story line and music are the same, the heretofore silent characters and the dramatic dance scenes have been added.

During the composition of A Soldier’s Tale, Stravinsky had a dream about a young gypsy sitting by the edge of the road. “She had a child on her lap for whose entertainment she was playing a violin. … The child was very enthusiastic about the music and applauded it with his little hands.” The violin is the soldier’s soul. Once the Devil has carried off the violin, the soldier can choose to either abandon his body, leaving only a skeleton behind, or fight.

Oresteia: Shifting Landscapes

Original Production
Adapted & Directed by Kathryn Moller.