by Myrna Casas
IATI, November 2 – 18 2018
Director: Jorge Merced. Set: Elizabeth Mak. Lighting: Miguel Valderrama.
Costumes: Leni Mendez. Sound: Haydn Diaz & Gabriel Garcia.
Photography: Elizabeth Mak & Ellis Vizcarra.
Verano Verano is Puerto-Rican playwright Myrna Casas’ take on the classic memory play. Middle-aged couple Juan and Adriana spend every summer by the sea, until one summer when both their children drown. Juan starts seeing the ghost of their daughter Celeste, and Adriana is haunted by guilt over her affair and having loved Celeste less.
Past productions recreated their beach house by the sea, but we wanted to reflect the play’s symbolic world of drowning and grief just in time for Halloween. A curved white wall looms overhead like a cresting wave, and a mirrored mylar surface encompasses the world from the moment the audience stepped into the theater. Paying tribute to both Pablo Neruda and the people affected by Hurricane Maria, a fallen down wall and door floating amidst white fabric waves completed our image.