by Leigh Fondakowski
Cornell University, April 26 - May 4 2019
Director: Caitlin Kane. Sets: Kent Goetz. Lighting: Joey Moro.
Costumes: Sarah Bernstein. Projections & Photography: Elizabeth Mak.
Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill is a docu-drama describing the events that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as its aftermath. Culled from interviews that Ms. Fondakowski conducted, it paints a clear picture of how corporate greed and negligence caused the death of many onboard the rig and the continuing pollution of the region. When I was brought onboard for projections, director Caitlin and I talked about how the set was a largely static abstraction of the oil rig, and we wanted how projections needed to embody the unrelenting force of nature, pushing back against the humans who would exploit her for their own gain.