by Amy Virginia Buchanan
directed by Claire Moodey
sound, set, costume design by Joseph Wolfslau
lighting design by Serena Wong
assistant designer Samantha Wiener
featuring Amy Virginia Buchanan, Milo Cramer, and E. James Ford
On Fonts examines the body as property and drives at the question of permission and ownership through the lens of one’s coming of sexuality. Set in another world defined by harsh lines and colder climates, a young girl meets a young boy and they grow together. She remains the same physical form but as the boy grows, he shape shifts into another boy and finally a man. With language that captures the innocence and whimsy of childhood logic, the characters grapple with very large and complex ideas, challenging societal norms. Moving from the linguistic realm into the physical, the girl and the man have to find new ways to own and define their bodies and space in which they exist.
This summer I’ll be directing Amy Virginia Buchanan‘s new play On Fonts. This is the first time I’ll be directing a play I haven’t also written, and I am very excited to be taking on the challenge.
Amy is an actor, writer, musician, and clown and On Fonts is her first full-length play to have authored. As the pilot production of Amy’s new production company Portals Sans Serif, On Fonts examines the body as property and drives at the question of permission and ownership through the lens of one’s coming of sexuality.
The cast and design team will be workshopping the play at the Peñasco Theater in New Mexico where we are in residence from June 10-23rd, with performances on June 21st & 22nd. In August, we will present a full production of the play at Cloud City in Brooklyn, NY.