A New York Shakespeare Festival/Mabou Mines Production presented by Joseph Papp
A performance poem written and directed by
The Public Theater, April, 1983
Ruth Maleczech stared in this one woman performance poem designed with state-of-the-art video and audio technology. Set at a dressing table in front of a triad of mirrors she takes a journey through her past to repay a debt, one that we find, she can never repay. The mirrors reflect enlarged images of the woman as well as pre-recorded images reflecting her thoughts and remembrances.
The piece is a metaphor for pilgrimage. Hajj is one woman’s journey into her past, to settle her debts, financial as well as emotional. The piece weaves these thematic strands using psychology and sophisticated technology.
Set and Lighting by
Developed at: The Performing Garage
American Film Institute National Video Festival
Kennedy Center, Washington DC (June, 1982)
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (March 29-April 2, 1983)
Premiere: The Public Theater, NYC (April-May, 1983)
Dance Theater Workshop, Economy Tires Theater at Bessie Schonberg Theater, NYC (May 7-18, 1986)
Japan Tour, Togamora and Tokyo
International Chekov Festival, Moscow, Russia (1998)
Maly Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia (April, 2000)
Seoul Theatre Festival, Munye Small Theater in Seoul, Korea (September, 2000)