ROCCO, CHELSEA, ADRIANA, SEAN, CLAUDIA, GIANNA, ALEX

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SUMMARY

Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex is a full-length, multi-genre, theatrical performance piece featuring original music, video, and choreography. Set in New York City, the play takes audience members sympathetically into the thinking, feeling, and deciding of ten characters engaged in the common struggle of finding one’s bearings, one’s balance, and one’s personal integrity in a culture cross-cut by polarizing issues and habit of mind: a shock-jock and his on-air partner, a playwright and the daughter she gave up for adoption, a young professional and the man she meets online; a gay heath activist and his mother; a tour guide at the 9/11 memorial and the brother she lost in the attacks; and a young émigré aspiring to be an actress in New York. 


PROCESS AND INTENT

An insidious climate of polarization increasingly sweeps Americans up, impels us to take sides, and not only divides us against each other on all manner of social, political, and cultural issues, but also inculcates habits of mind and speech marked by righteousness, certainty, and suspicion that directly undermine the potential for vibrant civic life, world-class artistic expression, and constructive political participation. TÉA artists dove into the creation of Rocco, Chelsea,…to dramatize the thinking, feeling, and deciding of individuals whose challenges and options are unavoidably shaped by the polarizing tendencies of contemporary American politics and culture. The Challenge was to do so in a way that triggers increased reflexive awareness and self-recognition within audience members. Our aim was to create a performance piece that links characters not by geography, or plot line, or political issue, but by the ever-precarious effort to be mindful not reactive, conscientious not rash, free not constrained in making decisions that shape their identities, their relationships, and the lives they want to live.

The community-based research and aesthetic experimentation and discovery for Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex was carried out between 2015 and 2018. The TÉA Company conducted scores of Insight conversations and utilized Insight Artistry to develop Rocco, Chelsea,… The Company was awarded development residencies at the Irondale Ensemble Project (2015), and The Actors Studio (2016) in New York City. 


COMPANY

Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Giana, Alex premiered at HERE Arts center in New York City in 2019. It was produced in partnership with The Private Theatre.

Creators: Vieve Radha Price, John Gould Rubin

Playwright: Dan Hasse | Based on original writing by: Chuk Obasi, Chelsea Frei, Karen Eilbacher, Sarah Wharton, Jason Gray, Adriana Rossetto, Salomé Krell, Bronwen Carson

Company: Adrian Baidoo, Kaelyn Amber Gonzalez, Emily Jackson, Talya Mar, Scott McCord, Melissa Mickens, Chuck Montgomery, Chuk Obasi, Adirana Rossetto

Project mentors: Marnie Jull, Jamie Price, Talya Mar