Journey Among the Dead
Division 13
By Eugène Ionesco
Premiere Translation by Michael Taormina
Adapted and Directed by Joanna Settle
About the text:
Ionesco’s final play, written in 1985 shortly before his death, is an anxiety driven, autobiographical fantasy centered around a middle-aged writer who visits a realm where the dead and the living exist plainly with one another. As adapted by Joanna Settle, Ionesco’s protagonist is a woman in her thirties – Joan, a successful but faltering writer who seeks answers from her relatives, approval from her parents, and a clearer sense of purpose. Answers are not forthcoming, and the audience is plunged into a world where the failures and preoccupations of the past mingle indiscriminately with those of the present. Often funny and always challenging, this new translation by Michael Taormina was commissioned and developed by D13 with the support of Étant Donnés, The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman
Puppetry: Lake Simons
Costume Design: Caroline Flach
Composer: Obadiah Eaves
Sound Design: Mike Frank
Lighting Design: Peter West
Choreography: Alex Escalante
Production Stage Manager: Lisa Gavaletz
Anne DeAcetis
Youssef Kerkour
Steven Rishard
Caesar Samayoa
Rachel Sledd
Katie Taber

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