The Amish Project
by Jessica Dickey
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
February - March 2015
Velda, Anna, Carol Stuckey, Eddie Stuckey, Sherry Local, America, Bill North........................Deborah Staples*
*appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Director - Leda Hoffmann
Set Designer - Courtney O'Neill
Lighting Designer - Jason Fassl
Costume Designer - Leslie Vaglica
Original Music & Sound Designer - Victoria Deiorio
Dialect Coach - Jill Walmsley Zager
Assistant Director - Philip Muehe
Stage Manager - Sarah Hoffmann*
Assistant Stage Manager - Marguerite Frey
"Hoffmann is becoming a sizzling director, and with Staples, haunting music by Victoria Deiorio and story-telling lighting by Jason Fassl, this is a production that will live with you for a long time."
- Dave Begal, OnMilwaukee.com
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"both the costuming and the structure of "Amish" — requiring that Staples repeatedly and often quickly return to all seven characters, jumbled together rather than separated out — emphasizes what we share.
So does Courtney O'Neill's ingenious and spare set design. In featuring the lightly dressed skeletal structure of a one-room Amish school, O'Neill's design tears down separating walls. Meanwhile, the Stiemke Studio's two separated audience sections have been reconfigured and tilted inward, encouraging us to look at each other as well as the stage.
Under Leda Hoffmann's direction, the resulting intimacy enables Staples to subtly distinguish her characters without losing sight of what binds them together."
- Mike Fisher, Journal Sentinel
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