About: Black Note Theatre
Black Note Theatre was founded in 2011 for their inaugural show, 4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and was nominated for Outstanding Revival. They returned to PCTF with Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp in 2013, where Janelle Zapata won Outstanding Lead Actress. In 2014 they premiered their first original work, The Perpetual Earth Program by Scott Kesselman, and were nominated for Costume Design and Set Design and winning the Special Effects/Multimedia Award. Black Note Theatre was founded by Shawn Banerjee, Scott Kesselman, and Janelle Zapata and specializes in unconventional scripts that extend the boundaries of theatre by breaking down traditional plot structure and characters.
About: To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Mediha Sandhu at Ninjabi, Rutgers University-Newark, Materials for the Arts, Cap21, The Music Shop, and The Bystanders at Studio 87 Newark.
A: Sarah Sutliff
B: Eric Campos
C: Jazmyn Arroyo
M: Janelle Zapata
Director: Sarah M. Chichester
Stage Manager: Samantha Nougues
Lighting Designer: Jason G. Rader
Sound Designer: Ben Frasier
Set Designer: Sarah M. Chichester
Set is made from 100% recycled materials.
Thank you so much for coming to see Black Note Theatre’s production of Crave by Sarah Kane. Those of you that may have seen a production of this play previously may notice that this production is unique in the way that the text is delivered, as I had directed this to bring new meaning and understanding to one of Kane’s most known works.
With all the freedom Sarah Kane provides in her script, my recurring experience with this play led me to feel that instead of four people having a dialogue, there are two stories happening with two people at once. Additionally, I wanted to focus more on what I feel isn’t talked about in our society on female sexuality. With three female actors and one male, with one character from each scene being the same person, with one scene in memory and one present day.
I felt this would bridge the connection between these two scenes, and we will see how past complex feelings and relationships affect the present. Not only the relations to others, but also the relationship to one’s self. Connecting them all through the eyes of one character will add to both the complexity and the power of the character; since one person going through all of these obstacles does make them an incredibly strong person- even if that strength has yet to be seen by themselves anyone else.