The Beach
By Kate Vargish

New Works Series, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama

Cast

Pete: Joshua Isaiah Foster

Cami: Tara Clinkscales

Auntie/Eel: Khailah Johnson

Cami's Father/Eel: Mikael Gemeda-Breka

Creative Team & Crew

Written by Kate Vargish

Directed by and Developed with: Emma Cordray

Lighting Design: Xotchil Musser

Animation and Environments: Hannah Kim

Stage Management: Allison Gerecke

Crew/Props: Jem Tepe

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A trip to the beach takes a dire turn for Cami and Pete, two strangers who suddenly find themselves facing a vertical wall of ocean in a dreamscape they're unable to escape. But are those lights somewhere beyond the water? Haunted by memories of recent loss, they must find their way out together by learning to face their grief. 

Presented virtually during the COVID-19 lockdown, we merged animation and greenscreen footage with actors performing live in their homes across Pittsburgh. Bedrooms turned into makeshift stages with whimsical backdrops, puppets, and a few color-changing LEDs– all handled by our incredible actors.

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