What happens when technology challenges our idea of who we are? Jennifer Samuels has just discovered that she is her own twin.CHIMERA combines bioethics, Greek mythology, psychopathology, and old fashioned stage magic into Twilight Zone-inspired voyage into the cellular structure of one woman.
Sound Design: James Sugg
Set Design: Jeremy Wilhelm
Video Design: Kate Freer and David Tennant
Lighting Design: James Clotfelter
Costume Design: Tara Webb
Stage Manager: Lisa McGinn
January, 2012: HERE Arts Center, as part of Under the Radar Festival (PREMIERE)
January 2013: The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA
April 2012: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA
November-December 2014: The Gate Theatre in London,
“Deborah Stein and Suli Holum’s cerebral freakout is plenty compelling…CHIMERA has many different stories nestled in its austere frame. And they’re all good.”
– Eric Grode, The New York Times (Critics’ Pick)
“Outrageously good… Simultaneously revels in and knowingly dissects the nature of theater without forgetting its primary mission: to entertain. Shows that are equal parts funny and smart are in short supply. Here’s hoping for a longer life for Jennifer and her twin.”
– Mark Piekert, Backstage (Critics’ Pick)
Developed through a HARP residency and a workshop production at the Workhaus Collective. Development support also provided by: the Playwrights’ Center PlayLabs Festival of New Plays; the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival with support from Actors Theatre of Louisville; North American Cultural Laboratory; New Dramatists with support from the Creativity Fund; the Swarthmore Project in Theater at Swarthmore College and funding from the McKnight Advancement Grant, NYSCA, and the Bush Foundation. Suli Holum and HERE participated in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.