Living Legacy | May 4 - 13, 2014
Healing Wars Spring 2014
MacArthur Fellow and Living Legacy Artist Liz Lerman returned to MANCC to develop Healing Wars, a work that examines how we heal ourselves, individually and collectively, during and after war. Lerman’s piece touches American conflicts from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asks how we absorb the impact and aftermath of war.
Lerman’s second MANCC residency for the work and third trip to Tallahassee built on her experiences to date and offered her full cast of collaborators a final production residency before the piece’s premiere run in Washington D.C. Along with the cast, Lerman worked with two FSU student veterans, Will Beachem and Doug Tran, to authenticate the movement of the performers. In addition Beachem, a combat medic, met with Lerman and collaborators to share his experiences and substantiate elements of the content and language of the piece. Former FSU professor Dr. Deanna Epley, who participated in Lerman’s previous residency, returned to develop a performance-segment about her time as a nurse during the Vietnam War. Epley offered poignant stories and improvisational movement about her experiences during and after her service, which she shared before a public audience on the final day of the residency. The work-in-progress showing of Healing Wars was presented to an audience drawn from across FSU’s academic and administrative divisions including History, Theater, Communications, Art Therapy, and Social Work.
Healing Wars premiered at Arena Stage in June 6-29, 2014.
Collaborators in residence: George Hirsch, Ted Johnson, Bill Pullman, Tamara Pullman, Alli Ross, Samantha Speis, Keith Thompson [Performers], Heidi Eckwall, [Lighting Designer], Kate Freer [Media Designer], David Reynoso, [Costume & Scenic Designer], Meg Kelly [Production Manager], Olivia O’Brien [Stage Manager], Darron L West [Sound Designer], Matt Hubbs [Associate Sound Designer] and Stevo Arnoczy [Video Assistant]. Photo slideshows by Chris Cameron and Jon Nalon.