Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag

SIBYL KEMPSON: LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG

An irrational musical contemplation of the ethical pitfalls in the collision of art and
journalism. This is a story of an extended family of sharecroppers mired in desperate poverty, who are visited, interviewed and photographed by two live-in reporters from the “big city.” With help from the journals of Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, The NEW American Machinists Handbook, and ancient Assyrian mythological seals from the JP Morgan collection, and the strict alchemical procedure of the Broadway musical.

SIBYL KEMPSON: LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG

“ … the horror of what is shown in the photographs cannot be separated from the horror that the photographs were taken … “ – Susan Sontag on Abu Graib

SIBYL KEMPSON: LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG

Cast: Rolls Andre, Becca Blackwell, Eleanor Hutchins, Robert Johanson, Tavish Miller, Gavin Price, Tanya Selvaratnam, Amanda Villalobos, Sarah Willis
Band: Ellery Royston and Johnny Gasper
Stage Management/Dramaturgy by Eryk Aughenbaugh and Tavish Miller
Dramaturgy by Jody McAuliffe
Sound Design by Ellery Royston
Set/Costumes by Suzanne Bocanegra
Produced by Meredith Boggia

All photos: Maria Baranova

SIBYL KEMPSON: LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG

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