SECOND SKULL (Sothis Music-Theater Ensemble): 2015 Fringe review 69

SothisIn an synthesized artistic work, a montage consisting of insistent music and sounds coming from various places in the Lava Space building, including the basement, video, dance, live dramatic action, readings and simultaneous recitations and lighting, Quinn Dougherty affects attention to “the social brain of freedom”.

Drawing from the texts of Herman Wallace, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Mumia Abu Jamal, all of whom have spent considerable time in solitary confinement, as well as xenofeminist thoughts from Labroia Cuboniks, Sothis puts forth an experimental spectacle that would summon serious consideration of conscious freedom. The full house was invited to move about during the performance, even to check out the musicians downstairs, to gain various perspectives on the piece. After experiencing SECOND SKULL, there were some audience members who had questions which Dougherty enthusiastically offered to answer or discuss.  He even offered his email address for follow up. This man has a mission, and is armed with art.

[LAVA space, 4134 Lancaster Avenue] September  16-21, 2015; fringearts.com/second-skull.

 

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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).