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I had never been to Theatre D in Santa Ynez. Created in a warehouse, now a functional black box theater, I only knew it as the place my friend E. Bonnie Lewis went to 'fly.'
Fly she did in Friday's performance of "Everything is Prelude" -- though the literal flying was left to Ken Gilbert and Kevin Deelan. Created from the poetry of John McDonnell, a valley resident, the show took off with poetry, dance, and a multimedia piece featuring the work of Sol Hill. I had no idea what to expect, and the layers of words and movement, the simple red silk 'set,' and the thrilling aerials were engaging and more than the sum of the parts.
It was especially wonderful to see the poet in the audience. At eighty-six, he came to poetry (at least published) late, but the richness in the words and experience is truly marvelous. He was over the moon that the performance so beautifully captured what he was trying to express, that the artists truly understood his work, that they honored it and brought it to ever more depth of feeling. As an audience member, I agreed, this was a wonderful collaboration between artists.
"Everything is Prelude" plays January 14 - 22 at 8:00pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm at Theatre D, 3630-H Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez. Theatre D is the home of Daughter of Zion aerial dance company and Drama Dogs,a Theater Company.
photo by Mike Mesikep