SONG OF EXTINCTION

SONG OF EXTINCTION   Set Design | Moving Arts Theatre

LA WEEKLY PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR AWARD

“Everything about this play is done to perfection. The scenic design by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz is totally ingenious: just a few accoutrements to change a setting from an office to a noodle shop, while leaving the dominant setting— Lily's hospital bed, to be brought into play or closed off by a gauze curtain that circles her bed. Further, the stage is flanked on both sides by column-high shrines filled with simple artifacts, photographic portraits, and plants representing Cambodia. And overhead, as the characters speak of Cambodia or Bolivia, projections flash photographs depicting the natural beauty of those countries.”

—CURTAIN UP LOS ANGELES REVIEW

“Moving Arts world premiere production; visually stunning …scenic designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz has given Lewis’s words even greater strength than they already have on the written page. Especially striking are scenes in which Lily’s hospital bed becomes a boat traveling down Bolivian waters in Lily’s morphine-induced dreams. Equally stunning are the shadowy white figures of Khim’s family which appear behind translucent glass windows whenever Khim’s memories take him back to the killing fields of Cambodia.”

—STAGE VIEW LA

“The set (Stephanie Kerley Schwartz) is a gorgeous shrine to places and people who have suffered as a result of extinction: Cambodian refugees and the jungles that inhabit the mysteries of a nature left undiscovered.”

—LA TACO REVIEW

Nicely conceived design elements elevate this production above the ordinary. Stephanie Kerley Schwartz's Asian-influenced scenic design includes an overhead screen allowing multimedia images to represent location changes.”

—BACKSTAGE WEST

Evocative scenic design by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz.”

—LA CITYBEAT

“E.M. Lewis' haunting drama unfolds on a set bracketed by shadowboxes filled with butterflies, bells, maps, plants, and pictures of Cambodian refugees, presumably dead. Aided by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz's fine set, director Heidi Helen Davis finds beauty in death, staging it as a boat ride into the jungle with showers of butterflies -- a gorgeous counterpoint to Phan's pronouncement that "extinction is a very messy business.”

—LA WEEKLY

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