Birthday Triage

Birthday Triage is an immersive promenade piece based on the themes of mythology and DNA. It takes place in a dozen spaces and features live music, dance, aerial choreography, and film.

At the beginning of the performance, the audience is invited to the birthday celebrations of four characters. Audience members soon follow them on mythical journeys based on Cassandra, Narcissus, Orpheus and Medea.

At the core of the piece is a reflection on the role of community in helping individuals piece themselves back together in the face of adversity.

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Presented as part of
New Plays Now Festival and
Columbia Stages Directors’ Thesis Productions
Horace Mann Theater | New York
March 7-10th, 2012

Co-Created by Simón Adinia Hanukai and Naïma Kristel Phillips with the ensemble

Playwright: Naïma Kristel Phillips
Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai
Choreographer: Carlos A. Cruz Velázquez
Aerial Choreographer: Cody Schreger
Scenic Designer: Jason Ardizzone-West
Costume Designer: Beth Goldenberg
Lighting Designer: David Bengali
Sound Designer: Toby Jaguar Algya
Video Designer: Jane Hsu
Dramaturgs: Ellen Joffred (Spring 2011) and Meropi Peponides
Property Master: Gina Costagliola
Production Stage Manager: Alejandra Duque
Stage Manager: Jing Lu

Assistant Director: Alexandra Clayton
Assistant Set Designer: Marie Audrey Desy
Space Decoration: Tatiana Rivera
Assistant Lighting Designer: Abby Hoke-Brady
Assistant Stage Managers: Alexandra Hall and Danielle Thompsen*
General Manager: Christina Macchiarola

Janice Amano, Kilusan Bautista, Shawn Broukhim (Musician), Jonathan Camuzeaux (Musician), Maja Cerar (Musician), Donovan Christie, Issac Cruz, Sasha Alexandra Dobos-Czarnecha (Dancer), Ava Eisenson*, Gabrielle Etzel, David Gautschy, Sara Gonzalo, Kate Gunther, Jen Kosky (Dancer), Nick Lamedica*, Rachel Lin, Allyson Lynch (Dancer), Devin Moriarity, Maria Portman Kelly*, Jodi Lynne Savitz, Marine Sialelli (Dancer), Samantha Slater, Nate Speare, Jen Taher*, Biniam Tekola, Sharon Wajswol, Crista Wroblewski

* Appeared courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Members of the Original Ensemble:

Dahlia Azama, David Bengali (Lighting Designer) Shawn Broukhim (Musician), Jonathan Camuzeaux (Musician), Maja Cerar (Musician), Donovan W. Christie, Sara Gozalo, Dafna Gravinsky, Simón Adinia Hanukai (director), Jane V. Hsu (video designer), Ellen Joffred (dramaturg), Celiné Justice, Ryan Kim*, Nick LaMedica, Rachel Lin, Naïma Kristel Phillips (playwright), Marine Sialelli, Jen Taher*, Christa Wroblewski

The devising process was carried out with the above mentioned original ensemble members.