HELP US FUND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SPILL
SPILL is a multimedia play inspired by the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The project is the co-creation of playwright/director Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project, The People's Temple, Laramie: Ten Years Later) and visual artist Reeva Wortel and is based on interviews, photographs, and court documents collected in the aftermath of the spill.
THE WORLD PREMIERE
The world premiere of SPILL will take place at Swine Palace in Baton Rouge, LA, March 12-30, 2014. Our theater company, The Study Group, has agreed to co-produce this world premiere event and we need your help.
tells the dramatic story of the 2010 explosion on board the oil rig
Deepwater Horizon, and the devastating impact of the 87-day spill on the
coastal communities and marine life of Louisiana.
Within months of the disaster, the artists began speaking with a broad array of Louisiana citizens, including fishermen, political figures, cleanup workers, scientists, oil industry workers, and the families of those lost in the explosion. As they collected over 200 hours of stories and interviews, Wortel painted portraits of each interviewee. The play will premiere in conjunction with an art installation of these portraits.
SPILL explores the rich culture of Louisiana and the resilient nature of its inhabitants in the face of natural destruction and tragedy. Expressing the fundamental story of man versus nature, at the core of SPILL is the question: What is the true human and environmental cost of oil?
The artists are dedicated to premiering the play and installation in Louisiana, in the place where the interview material was drawn. The BP oil disaster was one of the most significant events of our generation and SPILL captures the true legacy of this crisis in the voices of the people who lived it.
Leigh Fondakowski was the Head Writer of The Laramie Project and has been a member of Tectonic Theater Project since 1995. She is an Emmy nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO.
Reeva Wortel is an interdisciplinary artist who creates portrait-based projects that combine interview, social commentary, performance and large-scale installation. Wortel has been the recipient of several grants as a muralist, choreographer and installation artist.
Kelli Simpkins is an actor and dramaturg and a proud member of The Study Group. She is an artistic associate of About Face Theater. She is a company member of Tectonic Theater Project and one of the original creator / performers of The Laramie Project (Off-Broadway, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, LaJolla Playhouse, and the movie adaptation of the play to HBO).
ABOUT THE STUDY GROUP
Co-founded by Leigh Fondakowski and Reeva Wortel, The Study Group is a production company dedicated to exploring the relationship of theater, performance, and real life events. We investigate pivotal moments in human history through in-depth research, interviews, and theatrical exploration. Study Group members have participated in the creation of I Think I Like Girls, The Laramie Project, Laramie: Ten Years Later, The People's Temple, Casa Cushman, Gerda's Lieutenant, Yaghistan, Gray, and SPILL. We believe that artists play a unique role in telling the important stories of our time.
ABOUT SWINE PALACE
Founded in 1992, Swine Palace operates with a dual mission to provide South Louisiana with high-quality, professional productions of classical and contemporary theatre with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equity while also serving as a training ground for students in Louisiana State University’s M.F.A. Professional Actor and Technical/Design Training Programs.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?
Every dollar will be used to pay production expenses: sets, lights, costumes, sound, projections, art installation materials, actors, director, and designers. We will also pay transportation costs for our interviewees who live far away to attend opening night.