by Katie Bender
directed by Amy Meyer
Katie Bender’s 2015 Kilroys List play, still, now, confronts us with the accelerated motion of a woman learning and losing her body, accompanied by the doctors, teachers, friends and lovers that become her partners in movement and asks the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom?
Heart & Dagger Productions presents still, now by Katie Bender. Performances begin May 4th at Martin Hall in the Boston Center for the Arts. Performances continue through May 13th. Tickets are $28-$33 and can be found at www.bostontheatrescene.com and 617-933-8600. Group, senior and student discounts are available.
After witnessing the fall of the twin towers, Annie heads to Japan to study Butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can't comprehend. Ten years later, Annie is diagnosed with stage four cancer and returns to Butoh to prepare for her final dance. Elliott Norton Award winner Kiki Samko (Dog Sees God) takes on the role of Annie. Ms. Samko is a celebrated Boston actress and dancer who’s been featured prominently by Heart & Dagger, Happy Medium Theatre, imaginary beasts, and the Gold Dust Orphans.
About the Playwright//KATIE BENDER
Katie Bender is a playwright, performer and theater maker. Her plays include Still, Now, The Fault, One Night Only and The Survivors/ Los Sobrevivientes. She is founding member of Underbelly-a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey plays in forgotten spaces, with whom she created Slip River, Church of the Passionate Cat and an immersive adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, which was commissioned through ZACH. Her work has been developed or produced with The New Harmony Project, Kitchen Dog, The Orchard Project, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Hangar, Icicle Creek Festival and the New Victory LabWorks program. Her screenplay Joint Venture was a finalist for AFF in 2014. Winner of the 2013 Best New Comedy from Austin Critics Table Awards and on the Kilroys in 2015 she was a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. Katie received her M.F.A. from The University of Texas and is a 2016/2017 Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center and Travel and Study Grant recipient through the Jerome Foundation.
About the Director//AMY MEYER
Amy Meyer is a director, performer, mover, and historian of circus and theatre. She has acted and devised theatre in Boston for the past decade as an Artistic Associate with two IRNE-award-winning theatre companies—Heart & Dagger Productions and imaginary beasts. Her directing credits include Criminal Hearts (Jane Martin), Red Noses (Peter Barnes), and Uncle Vanya (Anton Chekhov, in a version by Brian Friel). She has also devised projects in dance-theatre with Heart & Dagger; physical theatre and panto with imaginary beasts; and commedia dell’arte with Soap & Rope Theatre Company (on Boston’s North Shore). As a performer and historian, Amy is interested in highly physical traditions. In addition to dance and movement-based theatre, she trains in partner acrobatics, aerial silks, and flying trapeze. Amy is a Lecturer in Theatre at Boston College and a doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Her research combines circus and dance studies with theatre history to analyze the ways that performing bodies communicate with audiences.
Dr. Drexler – Eric Cheung
Dr. Beltram – Lauren Foster
Annie Too – Molly Kimmerling
Ben – Colin McIntire
Kaytlin – Lizette Marie Morris
Ashikawa – Roxanne Morse
Annie – Kiki Samko
Nurses – Jamie Semel
Scenic Designer – Rebecca Lehrhoff
Costume Designer – Sophia Giordano
Lighting Designer – Sophia Giordano
Sound Designer – Amy Meyer
Production Manager – Melissa Barker
Dramaturgy – Cam Cronin
Marketing – Joey Pelletier
Poster Design – Jill Rogati