Playwright and Director Mark Jackson discusses his work on SALOMANIA along with cast members Madeline H.D. Brown, Mark Anderson Phillips, Alex Moggridge, and Set Designer Nina Ball.
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written & directed by Mark Jackson
Playing June 15 - July 22, 2012
Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to Aurora to direct this World Premiere, specially commissioned for our 20th anniversary season. While directing Oscar Wilde's fascinating and sensual play Salome at Aurora in 2006, Jackson discovered the extraordinary story of dancer Maud Allan, a San Francisco native who took Europe by storm in the early 1900's with her version of the "Dance of the Seven Veils." She became notoriously known as "The Salomé Dancer," and was unexpectedly confronted with a lawsuit that destroyed her career. Whereas Salome was Oscar Wilde's wild take on the infamous Biblical temptress, Salomania uses Allan's story as a framework to explore themes of media sensationalism, freedom of expression and wartime hysteria - themes as relevant today as they were a century ago.
Mark Anderson Phillips*
Madeline H.D. Brown*
Nina Ball sets
Heather Basarab lights
Chris Black choreography
Callie Floor+ costumes
Matthew Stines sound
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
+Member, United Scenic Artists