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The Consciousness

The Consciousness

 

“My life actually keeps surprising me by continuing…”

Reece, a struggling music student, visits the digitally-archived consciousness of a dead composer, hoping to coax the composer into writing a symphony that Reece will then pass off as his own. But the composer, Theo Price, struggles to connect to the real world long enough to create something new. To restore Theo's memory, Reece brings him artifacts from the outside world, which then triggers Theo's memories of past inspirations - primarily, Theo's first serious love affair. Soon, the work is finished, but when Reece is then faced with unexpected accusations of plagiarism. Threatened with expulsion - not to mention the destruction of his own love affair - Reece confronts Theo, who argues that this entire process has taught Reece exactly what it means to be a composer - and what it means to be alive. The Consciousness tells Reece and Theo's story utilizing a four-act symphonic structure, weaving between the past and the present to present a dynamic picture of creativity and its connection to our humanity.

  • Workshop and Staged Reading: March 15-16, Wild Goose Creative Gallery Space, Columbus, Ohio

    • Directed by McLane Nagy, staged managed by Seth Walker

    • Reece: Jason Pavlovich; Theo: Samuel Partridge; Erie: Emily Grim; Elis: Tom Murdoch

  • Production: Cincinnati Fringe Festival, select dates through June 2-14

    • Directed by Ryan Steffen, staged managed by Cate Hudson

    • Reece: Jason Pavlovich; Theo: Sam Adams; Erie: Carlee Coulehan; Elis: Leonard Peterson

  • Production: Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, August 31st - WINNER, “Best Full-Length Play”

    • Directed by Elizabeth Calvert, staged managed by Meghan Pratt

    • Reece: Nic Stelter; Theo: Ian Gray; Erie: Elena Scarringe-Peene; Elis: Pablo Javier Lorenzo

[Header photo, L-R: Samuel Adams, Jason Pavlovich, and Carlee Coulehan at the Cincinnati Fringe. Photo credit: Kelsey Trusty, on Facebook @TrustyPhoto]

 
 
L-R: Elena Scarringe-Peene and Nic Stelter at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Costumes designed by Angi Flynn.

L-R: Elena Scarringe-Peene and Nic Stelter at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Costumes designed by Angi Flynn.