Nellie/Nellie (2014) is a theatrical work with live music and delusional dance. Playing with mysterious and dynamic ways of seeing with a mental illness, this is a tale that begins with journalist Nellie Bly, who in 1887 went undercover in a women’s mental institution.
2014 FringeArts Festival, Philadelphia PA
Broad Street Ministry’s historic Sanctuary space on Broad Street
Ensemble Artists: Johanna Kasimow, Andalyn Young, Alex Kryger, Francesca Montanile, Ilse Torlin Zoerb, Alicia Crosby, Sara Vanasse, Michael Costagliola, and Michael T. Williams.
Director – Michael T. Williams
Sounds Designer/Composer – Michael Costagliola
Additional Songs & Lyrics – Ned Riseley
Poet/Words – Kyle Dacuyan
Producer – Megan Thibodeaux
Media Director – Johanna Kasimov
Assistant Director/Lighting Designer – Noah Levine
Broad Street Review hailed the piece for its “extraordinary physical performances” where the “fearless dance ensemble rolls, leaps, collides, contorts, and slams into the walls and pillars of the Broad Street Ministry’s sanctuary.”
Phindie praised the piece both for its “imagination and whimsy” and its ability to leave the audience with stimulating questions: “Is everyone just doing some kind of dance to keep their innermost thoughts from making them go mad? Are there any safe places when the mind is so deep and the depths so unknown?” The performance left the reviewer, “with a maddening desire to see what’s next for the AntiGravity Theatre Project.”