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    Dates & Show Info | Meet the PlaywrightProduction Photos | Press

    CLEMENTINE IN THE LOWER 9

    By Dan Dietz

    Music by Justin Ellington
    Directed by Derek Goldman
    May 23-June 15, 2013
     
    * OpenForum discussions will follow Wednesday and Thursday shows, plus the 2nd and 3rd Saturday
     
    AREA PREMIERE
     
    When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, Clementine’s family scattered to the winds. Nine months later, they are reunited and anxious to rebuild -- but a new storm is brewing. Her husband has arrived from Houston with a strange young girl, who just may be a prophet, and the ghosts of those lost are awakening. Set to the jazz and blues of the Lower Ninth Ward, this modern retelling of Agamemnon delves into the agony and hope that come after the storm.
     
    featuring Caroline Stefanie Clay*Jeff Allin*, Megan Graves, Thony Mena,
    and Scott Patterson as the Chorus
     
    scenic design by Lisi Stoessellighting design by Andrew F. Griffincostume design by Ivania Stack, sound design by Thomas Sowers, and graphic design by Carolyn Sewell
     
    MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT

     

    Dan Dietz’s plays include tempOdyssey, Tilt Angel, American Misfit, The Sandreckoner, Clementine in the Lower 9 and Home Below Zero. His work has been commissioned, developed and presented at such venues as Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Curious Theatre, NJ Rep, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Studio Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and Tiyatro-Z (Istanbul, Turkey). Dietz has been an NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights recipient, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere recipient, a Josephine Bay Paul Fellow, and a James A. Michener Fellow, and has been nominated for the Weissberger Award and the ATCA Steinberg Award. Dietz has twice been a recipient of the Heideman Award.

     

     

    PRODUCTION PHOTOS by Melissa Blackall

       

       

     

    PRESS

    Washington Post: "Playwright Dan Dietz takes Aeschylus to post-Katrina New Orleans"

    Montgomery County Gazette: "Forum Theatre presents ‘Clementine in the Lower 9’ at Round House"

    DC Theatre Scene: "Scott Patterson on the music of Clementine in the Lower 9"

    REVIEWS

    Washington Post: "hypnotic production ... dialogue is fresh and sassy, and the emotions run deep ... Director Derek Goldman's actors are completely convincing."

    Washingtonian: "wildly compelling reimagining of Aeschylus’s Agamemnon ... a love song to the restorative and cathartic power of art."

    Broadway World:  "tour-de-force performances and boatloads of creativity, it's a shining example of what's right with DC theatre today."

    DCist: "no small player itself, the set is a wonder, unwrapping layer by layer."

    Washington City Paper: "Dan Dietz's intriguing premise recasts Agamemmnon ... as a jazz trumpeter who flees New Orleans after the flood."

    Maryland Theatre Guide: "fiery, passionate drama that ties the city’s tragedy to the familial and the personal ... will knock your socks off."

    DC Metro Theater Arts: " flair to the senses, a shock to the system, and an artistic force to be reckoned with."

    DC Theatre Scene: " an absorbing and revealing production to this area premiere."