ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
CrowPlay is a blood rite gone wrong, a pleasant nightmare at the intersection of theatre and poetry created collectively by the company. This orignal devised work collides the Morrigna in Irish folklore, 2013 intelligence studies around corvidae neurobiology from University Tubingen, the marginalia of Edgar Allan Poe, and American Murder Ballads as a conspiracy of raven-women leads the audience—participatory witnesses— through an expanding series of rituals and tableaux. Their yearly ceremony is interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Jane, who proves to be everything but the average sacrifice…
CrowPlay owes its shape to a generous research and development process over October/November 2017 at both Theatre Deli London and Centrespace Bristol as part of Platform 2. It received its world premier in October 2018 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
“a haunting ritual—★★★★”
-Andrew Andrews, Opplaud
- BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange + BUSHWICK Industrial for FringeNYC, Brooklyn, New York (October 2018).
Included first as part of BAX’s curated Fringe offerings and later site specifically in a Brooklyn warehouse for a series of sold out encore showings.
-Originally developed at Theatre Deli London + Centrespace Bristol as part of Platform 2 (October 2017).
CrowPlay in its current form was created by performer-devisers Lauren Guglielmello, C.C. Kellogg, Sarah Quigley*, and Hannah Wolfe* as well as facilitator/ stage manager Allie Moratta (*appearing courtesy of AEA). The production also features reimagined murder ballads by Gates Torrey, original soundscapes by Joan Pope/ TempleOvSaturn, and the music of St. Vincent through the generous permission of Annie Clark. With costumes by Beau Watson and an environmental set designed by the ensemble.
With very special thanks to Laura Williams and all of the original U.K. lab participants.