Featured Press

Praise for The Sun Serpent by Jose Cruz Gonzales. Directed by Rachel Bowditch.

Originally produced by Childsplay 2011. Remounted at Mixed Blood theatre, minneapolis, 2014.


"Over the course of the show, the actors speak in three different languages representing the Spaniards, Aztec, and other native peoples. Subtitles aid those of us not so well versed in the languages and add a whole other dimension of the distance between cultures and creates an incredible sense of uniqueness about the production. The illusion of three people representing entire armies is helped by truly outstanding costuming. Masks, headdresses, cloaks, talismans, weapons and armor all help tell the story of two brothers who see Cortés’ ships land and are pulled in two different directions by the god-like strangers. […] The technical aspects stand out in my mind as amazing—physically it spans the whole width of the theater, varying in depth thanks to ceiling high panels that are either transparent or opaque, depending on which of the many, frequently changing settings are projected on them. The aforementioned costumes and the use of different kinds of music with the different languages spoken are impressive. It’s truly absorbing, and an excellent lesson in Latino culture and history.”


-- Lisa Olson,  “Sun Serpent Enchants and Educates at Mixed Blood Theatre,” Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 11, 2014. http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/03/10/sun-serpent-mixed-blood-theatre-minneapolis


“When you walk into the mainstage area for Mixed Blood Theatre’s new production The Sun Serpent, you might be immediately struck by the simple, yet elaborate set design. It looks like a jungle. It sounds like a jungle, and if you hadn’t just walked in from the Minnesota tundra, it might even feel like a jungle. But that’s not why the set design is so magical. As the play begins, the scene, through projections on screens, is transformed into a sun-drenched village in Mexico. From there it changes to the seashore, and then to an underwater fishing expedition, and then to the royal court many miles inland. There are probably close to 50 scene changes in this short 75-minute play. They are rapid, and beautiful. Each one is filled with vibrant colors depicting a specific time and place in the play. And each change helps to complete the operatic styling of the show. Each color and projection helps take you a step closer to the world being examined in this play. Carey Wong, the scenic designer, and his entire team, deserve full credit for taking the space inside an old firehouse and transforming it into a pre-conquered Mexico. Without Wong’s creative set, and the vision of Rachel Bowditch, the director, this show would not have been so successful.”


-- Tamar Neumann, “The Sun Serpent,” Aisle Say Twin Cities, March 3, 2014. http://aislesaytwincities.com/2014/03/03/the-sun-serpent/



Selected Press


  • “Top 100 Creatives: What’s Your Passion,” Selected as one of the top 100 creatives for 2015 by Origin Magazine. Pp.42. Distributed nation-wide.“Mesa SPARK Festival featuring Vessel’s Equinox,” Channel 12 News, March 2015.

  • Vessel's Machinal, Spectrum and Aurora featured in The Director's Vision by Scott Shattuck. Waveland Press, 2015.


  • “Mesa SPARK Festival featuring Vessel’s Equinox,” Channel 8 News, March 2015.


  • Preston, Rohan, “ José Cruz Gonzalez got in Touch with roots while writing ‘Sun Serpent,’” Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 27 2014. Preview article.


  • Preston, Rohan, “Mixed Blood’s ‘Sun Serpent’ is a theatrical pageant of Pathos,” Minneapolis Star Tribune. March 3, 2014.
    • “Under the deft direction of Rachel Bowditch, and with a company of three splendid actors, “Sun Serpent” unfolds as a highly theatrical   historical pageant. It is replete with multimedia spectacle, evocative masks and winning performances by Adrian Hernandez, Andres Alcala and Andrea Morales. These three actors ably play dozens of roles in a story that is told in English, Spanish and the Aztec tongue of Nahuatl (Mixed Blood uses surtitles).”





  • Cover of Visit Mesa Tourist Bureau brochure featured Vessel’s Spectrum on 10,000 printed copies.

 

  • Lengel, Kerry. “Critics’ Pick: Best Arts Laboratory/ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre,” Best of Phoenix 2014 Arizona Republic,December 2014.
    • “ASU graduates and teachers have made a big impact on the Valley's theater scene, from the multimedia experimentalists at Orange Theatre to professors Rachel Bowditch and Eileen Standley, who last year staged the interactive dance-theater event "Asylum," exploring the theme of women, writing and madness.”



  • Lampert-Greaux, Ellen. “5Qs: Alex Oliszewski, Assistant Professor,” Live Design. November 16, 2014. Featuring an image of The House of the Spirits.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Make ‘Appointment’ for Site-Specific Theatre a ASU,” Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/arts/2014/04/07/make-appointment-site-specific-theater-asu/7276497/

  • “Mesa Winter Festival featuring Chrome,” Channel 12 News,December 2012.



 


  • “Remix/Remaster at Mesa Art Center featuring Urban Renaissance,” ABC 15 News, September 2013.


 



  • Imperial Dunes shoot of Transfix featured inVogue, Italia. Photograph by Chris Loomis. 2013.


  • “Mesa: Limitless Fun From A to Z,” U.S. Airways In-Flight magazine, January 2014. Pp.88. Featuring Spectrum.


  • “Page to Stage: The Sun Serpent,” TYA Today,Spring 2013. Pp.28-29.


  • “Mesa Winter Festival featuring Spectrum,” Channel 12 News, December 2012.


  • Lawton, Claire. “100 Creative Forces on Phoenix 2012: Number 14,” Phoenix New Times, October 17, 2012.


 

  • “Mesa Winter Festival featuring Chrome,” Channel 12 News, December 7, 2012. I was featured in a Chrome costume as a highlight of the festival.



  • Smith, Craig. “Canal Convergence,” Phoenix New Times.November 5, 2012. Vessel mentioned.


 

  • Simons, Ted. “Arizona Art Beat: Mesa’s Festival of Creativity,” Horizon/Channel 8/PBS.Original airdate: May 24, 2012. Spectrum and Transfix featured.

 

  • Barness, Andi. “Festival of Creativity for Kids and Adults,” ABC 15 News. Original airdate: March 11, 2012. Spectrum and Transfix featured.


  • Pela, Robert L. “Ghost Story: The House of the Spirits,” NPR/The Phoenix New Times April 12-18th, 2012. pp.33.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Playwright tackles big ‘Spirits’ in own way at ASU,” The Arizona RepublicMarch 31, 2012.


  • González, José Cruz. “Chasing the Sun: A Playwright Puts Himself in a Child’s Shoes by Retracing the Steps of a Conquistador,” American Theatre.  January 2012. pp.78-82.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Childsplay's 'Sun Serpent' Soars on Multimedia Innovation,” The Arizona Republic,November 3, 2011.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Childsplay's 'Sun Serpent Unmasks Devised Tale,” The Arizona Republic, October 21, 2011.


  • Cárdenas, José. “Sounds of Cultura: The Sun Serpent,”Horizonte/PBS October 6, 2011. Live interview with Rachel Bowditch, The Sun Serpent director.

 

  • “CALA Festival: The Sun Serpent,”Univison October 4, 2011. Featured arts segment.


  • 'Sun Serpent' shows a changing Aztec world,”East Valley Tribune,October 21, 2011.


  • Ventura, Amanda. “Breaking Boundaries: Phoenix Fringe Festival. Event Pushes Area’s Thriving Theatre Scene to the Edge,”College Times,Tuesday March 29, 2011.


  • Essig, Linda and Jennifer Setlow. Lighting and the Design Idea. Third Edition. Wadsworth, 2011. Image of Anon(ymous) directed by Rachel Bowditch (page 141).

 

  • Lawrence, Dan. “Actors on the Move: 10 Performers Analyze the Training Regimens that Animate Them on Stage (Rasaboxes),” American Theatre,January 2011. Mentioned as a national certified Rasaboxes instructor.

 

  • “Soleri Bridge Previewed: Crowds Get Look at Pedestrian Span, Gathering Place,”The Arizona Republic,Saturday December 11, 2010.


  • Harkey, Scott. “Scottsdale Public Art Celebrated the New Soleri Bridge and Plaza,” Reuters, Saturday December 11, 2010.


  • “Scottsdale Public Art Celebrated the New Soleri Bridge and Plaza Official Public Dedication of the Soleri Bridge and Plaza.” CNBC Saturday, December 11, 2010.

 

  • Shannahan, Pat. “Fish Herding Meets Performance Art,” The Arizona Republic, January 31, 2010.


  • Bloomfield, Dru. “Fish Herding Becomes Art Saturday in the Downtown,”At Home In Scottsdale, January 8, 2010.


  • “Fish Roundup at Scottsdale Waterfront,”Scottsdale Public Art, January 9, 2010.


  • Menconi, Lilia. “Art + Canal Dry Up + Fish Roundup,” The Phoenix New Times,January 8, 2010.


  • Kenzer, Josh. “Fish Roundup at the Scottsdale Waterfront this Saturday,”Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau,January 8, 2010.


  • Haller, Sonja. “Free Public Art, Canal Tour in Scottsdale Saturday,” The Arizona Republic, December 11, 2010. Also published in the Tucson Citizen.


  • Peterson, Julie. “White Hype: Transfix Yourself at MonOrchid,”The Phoenix New Times,April 1, 2011.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Our Critic Awards his Personal Bests: ‘The Geek Chic Award for Wicked Awesomeness in Design goes to ‘Bone Portraits’ at ASU’s School of Theatre and Film,” The Arizona Republic, Sunday June 20, 2010.


  • Malone, Kirby and Gail Scott White. “The Case for Live Movies,”American Theatre, January 2009. Color photo depicted of Machinal.


  • Lengel, Kerry. “Bone Portraits’ intrigues but doesn’t quite engage,”The Arizona Republic, Sunday November 15, 2009.

 

  • Lengel, Kerry. “Bone Portraits has Retro Sci-fi Look,” The Arizona Republic, Sunday November 1, 2009.


  • Bedard, Roger. “The Cultural Construction of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences: A Captive Eddy of Recursive Harmonies,” Theater Festivals: Celebration of Cultural Diversity, The Assitej Book 2008-2009.ASSITEJ International. Image of Anon(ymous) directed by Rachel Bowditch (page 293).

 

  • Holden, Wynter. “Aural Surgery: Brazilian Sound Artist Highlights ASU Museum’s New Batch,” The Phoenix New Times, February 19, 2009. Performance of Spectrum at Paolo Nenflidio’s art opening at ASU Art Museum.


  • Ruiz, Ryan. “SMoCA Nights,”College Times, March 19, 2009. Full color image of Transfix performing at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts “SMoCA Nights.”

 

  • Betti, Adrian. “Pulse/Scene: SMOCA Nights,” 944: Fashion, Entertainment, Lifestyle, April 2009. Full color image of Transfix performing at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts.


  • Hwang, Kellie. “The Ophelia Project,” The Arizona Republic, March 24, 2009. Interview with the Director.


  • Hwang, Kellie. “Women in Arts Explored,” The Arizona Republic,Sunday March 22, 2009.

 

  • Hwang, Kellie. “Ophelia tells Story of Struggles,” The Scottsdale Republic Weekend Edition (Arizona Republic), Friday March 27, 2009.


  • Hwang, Kellie. “Ophelia Shows Women’s Lives,”The Arizona Republic,Wednesday April 1, 2009.


  • Pela, Robert L. “Death and the Maidens,”The Phoenix New Times, March 26-April 1, 2009. Volume 40: Number 13. Pp.38.

 

  • Malone, Kirby, Jacob Pinholster, and Gail Scott White.  “How Do You Teach Magic,” Live Design, October 2008. Depicted two color photos of The Ophelia Project and Machinal.


  • Schechner, Richard. Performance Studies: An Introduction. Routledge, 2006. Image of my portrayal of Yono in Yokastas.


  • Pink, Liz. “Breaking Into Non-Profit Arts,” Not For Tourists: New York City. Wednesday, June 28 2006. Interviewed by Liz Pink on breaking into not-for-profit theatre in New York City.

 

  • Horn, Miriam. “Deconstructing the Baddest Mom in Greek Tragedy,” The New York Times. February 22nd, 2005 (Full color image of YokastaS cast).


  • Ekman, Paul. “On Assignment: Playing with Emotions,” National Geographic.The Mind Issue. March 2005. Photographed by Cary Wolinsky. Role: Actor. Two images of my face in disgust and happiness in article about Paul Ekman’s emotional research.


  • Calzadilla, Fernando. Review of “YokastaS by Saviana Stanescu. Directed by Richard Schechner.”Theatre Journal,Vol.55, No. 4, Theatre and Activism (Dec., 2003), pp.710-713.


  • Lewonczyk, Jeffrey. “Review of YokastaS,” NY Theatre.com, February 18, 2005

 

  • Pierce, Richard. “East Coast Artists to Perform YokastaS Redux at LaMama Theatre,”NYU Today. February 14th, 2005. Featured full color image on cover.


  • Simonson, Robert. “Sightlines: YokastaS,” Village Voice, March 26-April 1, 2003.


  • D.A. “Natural Selections: Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2003,” The Philadelphia City Paper, August 28, 2003. P. 27. Transfix selected as a festival highlight.

 

  • Donadio, Rachel. “The Fringe Is Becoming Legit,”The New York Sun.Weekend Edition. Aug. 2 -4, 2002. Full color image of Transfix on cover page and full black and white image on page 4.


  • Hughes, Robert J. “Futures and Options: Life on the Fringe,”The Wall Street Journal.Friday Aug 2, 2002. Two large black and white images of Transfix, a featured fringe event.


  • Johnson, Martin. “Onstage and Uncensored: New York’s Fringe Festival Caters to the Eclectic Eccentric,”Newsday, Friday August 9, 2002. Full Color image of Transfix at Madison Square Garden.

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