#Rift is the single most unique production that I have ever taken part in. A dramatization of the real life of playwright Gabriel Jason Dean, this play occurs in three parts. The first part, which was presented in the spring/summer of 2021, happened via text message. Handwritten letters, home photographs, and sound snippets of exposition, conversations, and phone calls were distributed to the audience sporadically throughout the eight-week production period. I was responsible for the sound snippets and compostion.
The play tells the story of two brothers, one a progressive and one an incarcerated white supremacist. The text examines the circumstances of their lives, their ideological differences, and the possibility for redemption and healing. At its heart, the project explores whether it is possible to bridge fundamental political divides. As the story is continuously unfolding in real life, the play was written week by week and explored both the brothers' past and present.
Playwright: Gabriel Jason Dean
Director: Ari Laura Kreith
Dramaturg: Natashia Lindsey
Sound Designer/Composer: Megan Culley
Technical Director: Joey Yow
Technical Team: Natalie Tirendi, Brandon Morrison, and Lily Greenberg
Gabriel Jason Dean as Himself
Trevor St. John-Gilbert as Scrappy
Patricia French as Gabriel's Mom
J. Stephen Brantley as Gabriel's Dad
John P. Keller as Uncle Johnny
Jessica Dean as Female Robo-Voice
Kevin Dougherty as Warden Dozier