Non-Profit, Performing Arts
The Angst Ensemble produced dark comedies.
Flying Moose designed and produced still images and video projections for their productions of Silence, Cunning, Exile, Henceforward, and Nebraska.
Henceforward, by Alan Ayckbourn, is a futuristic-domestic comedy set in the near future when video telephones are ubiquitous (first produced i 1987, well before iPhones and Internet based video phone calls). In the dysfunctional world of the play, most of the video telephones are broken or vandalized. Flying Moose developed distinctive looks for each of the characters, telephones, and locations. We designed our shots using a 16:9 “vertical” aspect ratio to imply that a tall, narrow screen will best accommodate the human form in practical video telephone appliances of the future. Little did we know how accurately our 2004 production anticipated the smart phones of today. The video was projected on a screen built into the set. The play ran successfully at Il Teatro 450 and received awards for direction and performance.
Silence, Cunning, Exile is a dark play about the life and work of Diane Arbus, the American photographer whose work on the fringes of society brought her notoriety and angst. The play required numerous projections of Arbus’s photography, however, her estate would not give permission for their use. Flying Moose designed and produced black and white still images, in the style of Arbus, featuring the many unusual characters from the play.
Nebraska is a dark, post-Cold War comedy set in an underground missile silo. The play, by Keith Reddin, is set in 18, short, consecutive scenes. Flying Moose designed and produced interstitial computer graphic still images to match the scene titles given by the author.