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Deer and the Lovers

Deer and the Lovers

by Emily Zemba (World premiere: Carlotta Festival of New Plays)
Yale School of Drama Iseman Theater May 8 – 15 2015
Director: Sara Holdren. Sets: Izmir Ickbal. Lighting: Elizabeth Mak. 
Projections: Davonte Johnson. Sound: Tyler Kieffer. Costumes: Sydney Gallas.
Photography: T. Charles Erickson.

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The world of Deer and the Lovers is at once funny, quirky, and sometimes downright weird. A deer has inexplicably smashed its way into Qiana's New Hampshire home, where she and her boyfriend Peter have planned a romantic getaway at. Trouble shows up in the form of Peter's combative sister, Marnie, and her husband, Felix, the latter of whom also happens to be sleeping with Qiana.

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Animal control officer (ex-rapist?) Lenny Brensky refuses to remove the deer from the premises, and a heartily confused Qiana who identifies way too much with the plight of the dead deer runs off into the forest a la Midsummer Night's Dream to bury it. In this magical mystical forest, with the aid of Puck-like Lenny, our characters get lost, find each other, and confront the realities about themselves that they'd been trying so hard to hide before.

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My job? I was tasked with creating this nighttime forest landscape within an alley seating grey box. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? That's the world we're in.

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