'Margery and Me' Explores the journey to Jerusalem
April 19, 2012, Valencia, CA—The medieval world of pilgrimage comes to life in Margery and Me, written and performed by Moira MacDonald (MFA 3 Puppetry), and produced by CalArts School of Theater and Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. Margery and Me was inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe. Written in the Middle Ages, the book is widely regarded as the first English autobiography, and details Margery’s mystical experiences, conversations with God, and many pilgrimages. Margery and Me, directed by Deena Selenow (MFA 2 Directing), will be performed in Butler Building 2 at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) April 25th – 27th at 8pm, April 28th at 12pm and 8pm, and April 30th – May 2nd at 8pm. Performances will take place on California Institute of the Arts campus (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355). General admission is $10 and $2 for CalArts students and community. For reservations please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar.
Margery and Me explores the questions of biography and autobiography—how well can we understand, or tell, another person’s story, or our own? The work is a meditation on Margery’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, as well as on the portals through which MacDonald finds access to Margery’s interior world—through her own childhood faith, and memories of growing up in Sitka, Alaska. MacDonald tells these stories by performing with a life-size puppet of herself.
Moira MacDonald is an MFA 3 student in Puppetry at California Institute of the Arts; her other work includes The Life of the Bee, adapted from writing by Maurice Maeterlinck and Georgette LeBlanc, Letter from the Bees, and Sun. She has also worked on the Los Angeles production of Concrete Folk Variations, and The Reptile Under the Flowers.
Deena Selenow is an MFA 2 Directing student whose works include The House Is Open, The Firebugs, Doctrine, and Lear/Layer. She was the recipient of a 2006 Baryshnikov Arts Center Multi-Arts Fellowship and a 2009/2010 Emerging Artist of Color Directing Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop. She also production managed the 2009 and 2010 LABAPALOOZA! Puppet Labs at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. Selenow received her BFA from New York University.