Performed in two segments, Isabel Salazar’s evocative “Skyview Double Feature” provides innovative choices for audiences.
Skyview Double Feature, a new play by Isabel Salazar, reflects on the fragmentation between human reality and spirituality. Composed of two separate parts, Conception and Revelation, Skyview Double Feature can be viewed in two ways: either separately or in tandem. Award-winning director Dan Bonnell directs both pieces, presented by the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts. Skyview Double Feature is the latest work by Salazar, who recently won the 2013 Latino Playwriting Award administered by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
SkyView Double Feature focuses on two parts of a journey by a young, single woman named Mejia, who is trying to escape her life in rural Lamesa, Texas. Conception focuses on the first part of Mejia’s story and Revelation centers on the second part. Searching for a sense of truth in her life, Mejia grapples with her own identity and the demands of the world surrounding her. When obstacles veer her off course, she is forced to face her destiny. The work raises the question: Is fate what we make of it or is it out of our control? Through mystical encounters and transcendent experiences, we join Mejia on her path of discovery.
Isabel Salazar is an MFA 3 Playwriting student at CalArts. A Tejaña working in photography, writing and performance, Salazar’s play, Becoming Conocido, was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and was awarded Best of Week and Best of Fest at FronteraFest 2006 held in Austin, Texas. Other productions include Taco Time (CalArts 2011), What Dreams May Come (FronteraFest 2009) and No Comas (FronteraFest 2006).
Guest director Dan Bonnell has a long history of developing and directing new work. He has won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Directing Award, an LA Weekly Directing Award, the NAACP Directing Award, and the GLAAD Media Award. He has also been nominated for the Theater Communications Group “Alan Schneider Award.” Bonnell was co-artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, he has been a resident director at Circle Repertory Company in New York, and he has staged plays for many other professional companies. He has been a visiting assistant professor at UCLA, a lecturer at UC Riverside, a guest artist at Denison University, and an adjunct professor in directing at the University of Southern California.
Skyview Double Feature previews in tandem on Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00pm. Performances for Conception will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm, and on Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm and 10:00pm. Performances for Revelation will take place on Friday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, and on Thursday, May 2 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm. Conception/Revelation will also be shown in tandem on Saturday, April 27 and Friday, May 3 at 2:30pm and 8:00pm. Performances will be held in the Ensemble Theatre 407 (E407) on the CalArts campus at 24700 McBean Parkway in Valencia. General admission is $10 and $2 for CalArts students and associates. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar .