We Can't Reach You, Hartford
An investigative history of the Hartford Circus Fire of July 6th, 1944. Nominated for a Fringe First at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
Hartford in Review
Since complications have delayed Jess's final thoughts on We Can't Reach You, Hartford (a cataclysmic cacophony of thesis-sized proportions), here's a few tidbits of the wonderful laudatory review from the alma mater:

[Jess] Chayes' play combined a thrilling sense of showmanship with a delicate appreciation for the emotional mysteries of individuals caught in the crossfire of public tragedy. In the skilled hands of Chayes and her cast and crew, the gulf between big-top frivolity and painful catastrophe became a potent metaphor for the fascinating, frustrating divide between past and present.

Chayes and her talented designers found particularly striking visuals to complement and enrich the difficult questions she raises. Scenic Designer Nick Benacerraf '08 captured a state of ghostly decay in his aging circus set, complete with ragged big-top cloth and splintering risers.

As any Wesleyan theatergoer knows, it practically goes without saying that the lighting by Greg Malen '07 proved mesmerizing in its subtle shifts in mood and meaning. While there was not an isolated moment within "Hartford" as breathtaking as the bleak, beautiful sunrise with which he chose to end Mike James' '07 production of "Electra," Malen, whose work here comprises his senior thesis, expertly balanced a variety of tones, ranging from the hellish glow of the inferno to the sickly bright light of the de facto morgue that housed the charred corpses.

And [Edward] Bauer, continuing a string of sterling work on the stage, instilled the specter of Barnum with a wild-eyed, go-for-broke intensity at once immensely appealing and somewhat unsettling. But if Bauer's Barnum possessed the cheery coarseness of a born showman, he also found intriguing notes of dissonance in Barnum's bluster. Suddenly, this symbol of showbiz past became flesh and blood in his ambivalence.

The entire review can here read here

And for the nostalgic among us, our
review from our Fringe First nominated production of Hartford at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival can be read here
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Monday, April 09, 2007
Hello? Hartford? We've left you like a million messages.

"We Can't Reach You, Hartford": The Thesis Edition
One year and three months later, we still can't reach Hartford.
More to come this Friday...
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