A Note from the Director
Welcome to our second season at Dance Loft! Whether you’ve been with us since our Fringe days, or it’s your first time seeing a Pointless show, we are excited that you’re here and are humbled by your support. Visions of Love marks our 20th production and we offer it to you, our audiences old and new, as a valentine.
Reverently adapted from Charlie Chaplin’s landmark film City Lights, this is a story about kindness found in unlikely places. Originally billed as ‘a comedy romance in pantomime,’ our interpretation keeps the film’s story mostly intact, with edits made to focus the narrative on the relationships formed by the Tramp and the cast of characters that surround him.
Both Patti and I have a certain nostalgia for the stories and styling of the silent film era. Our DC theater community tends to admire ‘the classics’ and yet the works of silent film rarely reach our stages. As a company that specializes in highly visual puppet-dance-theater, we are uniquely positioned to interpret these silent classics for a contemporary audience. While we have taken some aesthetic liberties, many moments presented are studies of the film, and we approached these moments of homage as if they were text in a script. Keeping true to the film’s choreography while filtering through our style of spectacle was our biggest challenge. All of the physical language of the show borrows directly from Chaplin’s iconic role, but our aim was to create movement suited for both human and puppet alike. We ultimately landed on staging that is Chaplin inspired, with a mix of borrowed and newly invented choreography.
Finally, using the score composed by Chaplin, the musical phrasing was the ultimate influence of movement. The actions of the performers play in sync with the rhythms and tones of Chaplin’s score. We chose to approach the piece more like a ballet, letting music and movement live on equal ground instead of treating music as underscore, like most silent film does. The specificity of movement to music is what I believe to be the most notable difference between the original film and our production.
We hope you enjoy this love letter as much as we’ve enjoyed crafting it.
Pointless and Proud,
Matt Reckeweg, Co-Artistic Director
Pointless Theatre Presents: Visions of Love
A stage adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights
City Lights © Roy Export S.A.S. All Rights Reserved. Charlie Chaplin™ © Bubbles Inc. S.A.
Music composed by Charlie Chaplin and presented through special arrangement with Bourne Co.
KERRY MCGEE, The Tramp
SHARALYS SILVA, The Blind Woman
* Pointless Company Member ^Artistic Associate
Scenery built by Renegade Productions
18/19 Season graphics by Jackie Littman
MATT RECKEWEG*, Director
PATTI KALIL* + FRANK LABOVITZ*, Co-Scenic Designers
FRANK LABOVITZ*, Costume Designer
BRITTANY SHEMUGA, Lighting Designer
ALEX VERNON, Puppet Designer
AMY KELLET, Props Designer
MICHAEL WINCH^, Sound Designer
MEDHA MARSDEN, Dramaturg
HAYDEN MORRISSETT*, Production Stage Manager
THOMAS NAGATA, Assistant Stage Manager
SPECIAL THANKS. Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnots, Everyman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Synetic Theater. Sherry Atkinson, Sharon Crissinger, Etta Hulcher.
Pointless Theatre's 2018-19 Season is generously sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Nora Roberts Foundation, and Share Fund. Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
PATTI KALIL (Co-Scenic Design) Select Pointless: Don Cristóbal (Co-Adapter), Rite of Spring (Story), Imogen (Set Design), d0t::a RotoPlastic Ballet (Puppets), King Ubu (Puppets), Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story (Co-Playwright, Set, Puppets), Hugo Ball (Set, Puppets), Doctor Caligari (Set- Helen Hayes Nomination). Other: How to Catch a Star (Props/Kennedy Center- TYA), Love Factually (Props/The Second City- Kennedy Center), The Wizard of Oz (Set Design/Synetic Theatre), Flood City (Theatre Alliance), Where Words Once Were (Props/Kennedy Center-TYA), Twist Your Dickens (Props/The Second City- Kennedy Center), Peter Pan (Props/Synetic Theatre), Still Life with Rocket (Props/Theatre Alliance), Hello, My Name is (Props/The Welders). Patti is a graduate at the Juilliard School Professional Internship program, and holds an MFA in Studio Art from MICA, and a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park.
AMY KELLETT (Props Design) Pointless: Don Cristóbal(Props), Rite of Spring (Puppets/Props), King Ubu (Props). Other: The Late Wedding (The Hub Theatre), Peekaboo! (The Hub Theatre), She Kills Monsters (HCC), The Three Musketeers (Synetic Theater), A Tale of Two Cities (Synetic Theater), New Play Festival 2016 (YPT), Mein Kampf (Scena Theatre). Some of the other hats Amy wears in the DC area include being a company member/puppeteer/puppet builder with Wits End Puppets and a freelance scenic artist.
FRANK LABOVITZ (Co-Scenic Design, Costume Design) Pointless: King Ubu (Director), Costumes for Don Cristóbal, Rite of Spring, Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana!, Doctor Caligari, Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet, Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza. Other: Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Theater J, Metrostage, Imagination Stage, and Adventure Theatre. Helen Hayes Awards: Dreamgirls (Signature Theatre, 2013). Nominations: The Threepenny Opera (Signature Theatre, 2015), The Totalitarians (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 2015). Frank received his MFA in design from The University of Maryland (which might explain how he got dragged into all this Pointlessness).
HAYDEN MORRISSETT (Production Stage Manager) Pointless: Don Cristóbal (Stage Manager), .d0t:: a RotoPlastic Ballet, King Ubu (ASM).
THOMAS NAGATA (Assistant Stage Manager) Pointless Premiere! AIDA (Constellation Theatre Company); The Ice Child (Keegan Theatre); In The Heights, Annie, Aubergine (Olney Theatre Center); All The Way, The Roommate (South Coast Repertory); Jean Anouilh’s Antigone (A Noise Within). Thomas is thrilled to be making his Pointless debut.
MATT RECKEWEG (Director) Founding Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. Select Pointless: Rite of Spring (Director), d0t::a RotoPlastic Ballet (Director/Set Design), Hugo Ball (Director), Doctor Caligari (Director), A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular (Choreographer), Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (Director), Minnie the Moocher (Director), Canterbury (Director), Imagination Meltdown Adventure (Art Director), and The Solar System Show (Sparko/ Puppet Designer). In addition to Pointless, Matt works in Community Engagement at Arena Stage as the Community Programs Coordinator. He studied Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a proud member of Erasable Inc.
BRITTANY SHEMUGA (Lighting Design) Pointless Premiere! Other: Paper Dolls (Mosiac Theatre), Twist Your Dickens (The Second City- Kennedy Center), Jesus Hopped the A Train (1st Stage Theatre), Godspell (NextStop Theatre). MFA Lighting Design, University of Maryland, College Park. brittanyshemuga.com
ALEX VERNON (Puppet Design) Pointless Premiere! Other: Milo the Magnificent (Puppet Designer, Puppeteer/Alex and Olmsted), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puppet Designer/Rorschach Theater), The Christmas Revels (Puppet Designer, Washington Revels), Mnemonic (Puppet Designer/Theater Alliance). Company member with Happenstance Theater since 2012. Alex also makes original puppet works as half of Alex and Olmsted! AlexAndOlmsted.com
MICHAEL WINCH (Sound Design) Pointless: Rite of Spring (Sound Design), King Ubu (Music Director - Helen Hayes nominated 2017) Imogen (Music Director), Doctor Caligari (Music Director - Helen Hayes nominated 2016). Other: The Frederick Douglass Project (Music Director/Solas Nua), MANIFESTO! (Music Director/Happenstance). Grant recipient, Maryland State Arts Council, 2017. Michael plays Irish Traditional Music in the D.C. area.
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PATTI KALIL & MATT RECKEWEG, Co-Artistic Directors
DAVID LLOYD OLSON, Managing Director
WENDY SNOW WALKER, Deputy Director
ALISON BEYRLE, Director of Development
FRANK CERVARICH, Director of Audience Engagement
HAYDEN MORRISETT, Production Manager
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Company Members. Mel Bieler, Aaron Bliden, Lee Gerstenhaber, Frank Labovitz, Devin Mahoney, Rachel Menyuk, Sadie Rothman
EMERETI: John Hamilton & Ruth Anne Watkins
Artistic Associates. Kyra Corradin, Mary Catherine Curran, Madeline Key, Owen McCusker, Robert Christopher Manzo, Stacy Musselman, Matthew Sparacino, Nick Wilby, Michael Winch