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A Body of Water

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Written by Lee Blessing
Directed by Freddie Ashley

It is a beautiful summer morning as Avis and Moss wake up in a handsomely appointed cottage surrounded by water on all sides. Everything is a mystery, because the pair has no recollection of who they are or how they got there. Has Wren, an enigmatic young woman, come to help unfold the answers to these questions? If she does, do they really want to know the truth?

About the Playwright

Lee Blessing has been a major force in post-1960’s American theatre. Blessing’s best-known play is A Walk in the Woods, which depicts the developing relationship between two arms limitation negotiators, one Russian and one American, over years of negotiation. The play was nominated for both a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize. His other most notable works include: Eleemosynary, about three generations of independent women; and Cobb, which explored the many facets of baseball legend Ty Cobb. His most recent plays include A Body of Water, Thief River, Whores, The Scottish Play, Black Sheep, Fortinbras, and many others. Blessing has earned both and Obie and Drama Desk Award. Other honors include: The American Theater Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Great American Play Award, The Humanitas Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award. Blessing currently heads the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Producer’s Quote

“I have longed to produce this play for years. At its core, the playwright uses amnesia as the core of the mystery, but Blessing’s incredible command of language lets the audience get a disconcerting chance to feel what that confusion is like. From the director, the designers and the amazing actors we have assembled, I know that this journey is going to be well-worth the wait.”
–Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director

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Avis Tess Malis Kincaid*
Moss Mark Kincaid*
Wren Cara Mantella
Production Staff
Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Director Freddie Ashley
Production Manager Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Technical Director James M. Helms
Stage Manager Kathryn M. Pelkey
Set Designers Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designers Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer Mary Parker
Sound Designer Bobby Johnston
Props Designer Scott Sargent
Assistant Technical Director Jonathan Fries
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Assistant Stage Manager EB Hooyer
Running Crew Molly Huntington

*This actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Lobby Art and Artist’s Reception

Bears Crossing the River ArtworkFounded in 2010, The North Gwinnett Arts Association was formed with the purpose of joining artists and art lovers together with a shared interest in their love of art through knowledge, skills, and friendships. As a non-profit organization, the North Gwinnett Arts Association, Inc. maintains a goal of supporting local charities and schools through fund-raising and active involvement. NGAA is probably best known for the outdoor arts celebration Arts in the Park in Suwanee which will be in its third year this May. Membership is open to interested artists of all mediums and lovers of art. Inspired by the title of Aurora Theatre’s current play A Body of Water, original works of art by NGAA will be on display and available for purchase in the Aurora Theatre lobby during the run of the show.

Above: Bears Crossing the River by Richard Gayle