STATION INCARNATE


STATION INCARNATE IS A TRAINING AND NEW MEDIA OFFSHOOT OF THEATRE INCARNATE


PROJECTS

2021

FOUR PATRONS IN SEARCH OF A THEATRE

We would all love to go out to the theatre but the doors remain closed on live performances! A comedic video created on zoom during the pandemic with participants from our Station Incarnate training classes. Directed by Brenda McLean. Featuring Duncan McGregor, Saira Rahman, Susan Smiel, and David Breckman. Original Music: “All Dressed Up…” Composed by Stacie McGregor & Duncan McGregor. Performed by: the Four Patrons Ensemble. Piano: Stacie McGregor Bass: David Swatek Guitar: Duncan McGregor Mandolin: Martin Colledge English Concertina: Nan Colledge


UNHONOURED

DIRECTED BY BRENDA McLEAN

Unhonoured is a training series of short monologues adapted from classic Greek texts/plays (Ajax, Hecuba, Agamemnon, and Antigone). Students reimagined these classical scripts and used them to devise and build skills in adapting theatrical texts to new media. 

History of the project:

Greek Tragedies have a particular resonance during this time in history; many of these plays were written during great turmoil or wars for the Greek people. For example, “Oedipus the King” was set and written during the plague of Athens. This plague killed an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people, around one-quarter of their population. Surprisingly or not surprisingly, the relevance of Greek Tragedies has survived 2,500 years because it is not hard to find contemporary parallels to the human condition and realize that, unfortunately, humanity hasn’t evolved enough in over 2,500 years. 

These performances were created during this coronavirus pandemic through social distance, filmed mainly by participants in their own homes by themselves, or as a duo at Studio Incarnate, and directed through Zoom.

The training took place through reading scripts and researching Greek Tragedies over Zoom. Participants found characters they wanted to further explore and worked on rewriting their own versions of the monologues, rehearsed them, and then filmed them. Participants had no previous experience in adapting Greek texts and filming them in this way, and we are excited to be growing as artists. 

This project came out of a need to stay socially connected during this trying time and continue being creative. This project is as much about caring for each other as it is about making art! We hope you enjoy the project! 

AJAX CHORUS

Original Work: Ajax by Sophocles

Adapted and Performed: Duncan McGregor

Filming: Duncan McGregor

Video Editing: Brenda McLean

Original Music: David Swatek

POLYDORUS

Original Work: Hecuba by Euripides

Adapted and Performed: David Breckman

Video Editing: David Breckman

Sound Design and Original Music: David Breckman

Song credit: The Swan from The Carnival of Animals composed by Camille Saint-Saëns and performed by Jacqueline du Pré

HECUBA

Original Work: Hecuba by Euripides

Adapted and Performed: Susan Smiel

Filming and Video Editing: Brenda McLean

Original Music: Rafael Reyes

CASSANDRA

Original Work: Agamemnon by Aeschylus

Adapted, Edited, and Performed: Brenda McLean

Co-Direction and Filming: Eric Bossé

ANTIGONE

Original Work: Antigone by Sophocles

Adapted and Performed: Rebecca Danos

Video Editing: Brenda McLean

Filming and Original Music: Rebecca Danos


“I just wanted to say that I watched your film production today. (I watched it twice) It was fabulous as usual.  A very creative solution to a difficult challenge – filming apart.  
I think it’s interesting how there is a remembering back to the Greek Tragedies and yet so much of what your monologue discussed is relevant for cultures around the globe today.  
Very compelling and entertaining piece of work all together.”- Patron


“WOW!!!!!!!!

Thank you for sending the video link to me Susan. I watched all of it and it was wonderful. I love live theater (I know, not live but filmed) and your theater group did so well. I was captured right from the beginning with the opening monologue.” – Patron


“The music in the beginning and the end of the video really reminded me of something and I couldn’t put my finger on it! It took some time, but I think it sounds like Seikilos Epitaph (Επιτάφιος του Σεικίλου), the oldest known fully documented song. Really cool! I liked the whole video very much!”
“What I always liked in ancient tragedies is that all cultural and historical context aside, the feelings of the protagonists are quite relatable for today’s standards 2,5 thousand years later. To be honest, they make even more sense in ancient comedies. “- Patron from Greece