6/7/2019 0 Comments
Paper Trails prove that it is not elaborate set design or the length of play that ensure achievement in a theatrically setting, but its strong writing, heart and clear direction allow it to succeed.
Venue Studio C (Studio C)6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Run Time- 30Min
General Admission $7.00
Tickets can be purchased at http://hff19.org/6198
Although many species note the passing of time we, as Humans are the only species who are capable of sharing stories, and memories of past events and turning them into stories. Paper Trails is a cohesive compilation of three humorous and moving short plays that explore the records we maintain and the narratives they tell.
Written by Helen Burak
Directed by Molly Shalgos and Helen Burak
Starring Audra Leffingwell and Helen Burak
This short was incredibly heartwarming and well written, I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want the chance to speak one on one with your younger self. Dana(Helen Burak and Aura Leffingwe) conversation with herself delivers such a beautiful message that sometimes we have to be the ones to pick ourselves up, and that our own strength can be greater than we think.
Written by Isabelle Moreau
Directed by Joanna Cross
starring Amanda Noriko Newman.
Amanda Newman portrays Isabelle, who chronicles the history of her family name Eguchi and the way it came to be, which was passed down by her great-grandmother after the fallout of WWII. A touching "what's in a name" story brought to life.
Written by CJ Hoke
Directed by Nate Myers
Starring Christine Weatherup and Timothy Dvorak
A political short that follows two disgruntled senior white house national records archivist, as they handle the turmoil of the sitting 2019 President of the United States. This piece was particularly encouraging to see, as despite the tension in the current geopolitical climate it was hopeful to see individuals portrayed as optimistic and still believing in the good in our political system despite recent struggles.
Paper Trails was superbly put together, rarely do you see a vignette performance where each short shines as strongly as the others. If you don't believe it is possible to craft meaningful, succinct, and poignant storytelling in less than one hour, then you need to start paying attention to this production team.
My only critique is some very minute lighting issues, but they are not enough to take away from the production.
Dollar for dollar this show is one of the best values for performance theatre at this year's festival, and you do yourself a disservice by not seeing it.
This show earns the distinction of being one of my "Picks of Fringe."
Hollywood Fringe 2019
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