Sabrina Peck: Director and Choreographer
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The winged man





José Rivera’s plays often dwell in magical realism, and he is adept at telling stories through heightened theatricality and poetic language. At the same time, he has a gift for simplicity, exploring the mysteries of the human heart and imagination with restraint.

In The Winged Man, a young Catholic school student, Daisi, discovers a Winged Man in a cave, shot through the heart and bleeding. As she works to try to rescue him, they are drawn to each other. Eventually he dies, but she becomes pregnant. Though others doubt the veracity of her story, she holds on fiercely to the memory of this fantastical being who helped her come into her own. In the final scene of the play, she holds the baby; then releases him into the air to the sound of flapping wings.

I set this piece on BFA and MFA students at Brooklyn College for the One-Act Play Festival. As a rehearsal tool, I worked physically with the actors who played Daisi and The Winged Man. We distilled these sessions into physical microscenes which I chose to include in the play. These intimate moments extended Rivera’s nonverbal storytelling and kept the winged man alive in the audience’s imagination throughout, as Daisi moves between the skepticism of the quotidian world and the power of her inner reality.

DIRECTED BY
Sabrina Peck
SET/COSTUME DESIGN BY
Emma Mendelson
SOUND DESIGN BY
Ien Denio
LIGHTING DESIGN BY
Brian Kafel
WINGS DESIGN BY
Amy Golembeski
CAST
Carolina Do (Daisi), Jonny Maldonado (the winged man), Ana Bell (Allysha), Julie Orkis (Wanda)
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