800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K Dick by Victoria Stewart
"Insanity is sometimes an appropriate response to reality." - Philip K. Dick
Whose reality, or fantasy, are we watching onstage? Whose reality are we living? Was Philip K Dick a visionary or madman? Blurring the lines between reality and perception, 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick is a reinvention of the last days of this legendary writer. Based on a true story, the play begins just as Philips novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is to be released as the Hollywood film Blade Runner. If you like a firm line between art and entertainment, reality and fantasy, us versus them, prepare to have your mind blown by the darkly funny and absurd journey that is Victoria Stewarts 800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K Dick.
800 Words was written by up and coming playwright Victoria Stewart and directed by Jess Smith. It features an exciting cast of Seattle actors including Shawn Belyea as Philip K. Dick, Megan Ahiers, Erin Kraft, Holly Arsenault, Colin Connors, Nik Perleros, and Darian Lindle. The production team includes stage manager Laura Lindle, dramaturg Erin Culbertson, set design by Grant Laine, props by Gretchen Drew, lighting by Dave Hastings, sound design from Jason Miller, puppets by Brian Stricklan with additional crew assistance from Collin Fredinburg.
Playwright Victoria Stewart has received the Francesca Primus Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Norman Felton and Jerome Fellowships as well as residencies at Ucross/Sundance, Hedgebrook and the Donmar Warehouse. Before graduating from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Victoria was a professional stage-manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars among others. Her work has been performed and developed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, South Coast Rep, SPF, Urban Stages, Seattle Repertory Theater, Hourglass Group, Circle X, Vineyard Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Jungle Theater, Commonweal Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Eternal Spiral Project, Overlap Productions, Guthrie Theater, Stage Left and Page 73. Her plays include Hardball, Leitmotif, Nightwatches, LIVE GIRLS, and The Last Scene. She is a core member of the Playwrights Center and a member of the Vinegar Tom Players and the Workhaus Collective.
Director Jess Smith a Seattle director, actor and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include Alone Together (LG! Theater), Into the Woods, Jr. (Second Story Rep), Lights Up on a Waiting Room (Seattle Rep), The Trestle at Popelick Creek, Love Poem #98, and Wild Goose Circus (Puget Sound). This summer Jess studied with Anne Bogart and the SITI company in their month-long summer intensive training program in New York.
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