Hotel Blanc

Hotel Blanc
stage production
February 6, 10, 13,  2002
directed by:
Amanda Palmer

written by: the ensemble

Zachary Katz……….Isaac Kaufmann
Marisa Cravens……….Magda Weiss
Claire Elizabeth Davies……….Eva Weiss
Matthew Wood……….Will Weiss
Terrence Salmond……….Soldier/Pizzaman

Tech Director/Lighting Designer:  Nicholas Vargelis
Stage Manager:  Terra Friedrichs
Live Sound Tech:  Brian Knoth
Props Mistress:  Cristina Chapman
Tech Assistant:  Cory Woolman
Props/Costume Assistant:  Juliet Schneider
Set Design:  Claire Elizabeth Davies
Projection Operator:  Andrew Anselmo

film crew:
Cinematographer:  Michael Pope
Editing:  Damien Kolodiy, Michael Pope
Film Assistants:  Esteban Hernandez, D. Franklin

Hotel Blanc Staff:
Lisa Gordon, Amanda Schafer, Erika Hutchinson, Julie Geanakakis, Juliet Schneider, Dorian Rose, Andrew Anselmo, Brian Viglione, Aria Boutet, Cory Woolman, Meaghan Hough, Sady Sullivan

About Hotel Blanc

hbsbnotes01These two pages show notes/sketches for the soap salesman display case, and a couple of costume items I made.


Hotel Blanc Benefit

Hotel Blanc Benefit
performance installation
November 9,  2001
directed by:  Amanda Palmer

“Thirty-plus actors, writers, musicians, film-makers, artists and origami-folders donated their time, creativity and energy to create a beautiful and bizarre night of live theater, in which the lines between real and unreal were sometimes blurred to the point of complete confusion.” -quoted from Hotel Blanc program notes.

The sketchbook page above shows my notes for my Hotel character, plus one of the dozens of flowers I drew and cut out as part of the performance.  The clue card is from a scavenger hunt.


Universe Box IV


Universe Box IV, 2006
Materials: wood, fiber optics, electronics, acrylic dome, fabric
Size: 2′ x 3′ x 3′
Collection: Artist

detail view


Audio track of choir singing Mica Mica Parva Stella (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

This piece was made for an experimental collaborative exhibition called PURE, which ran from Oct. 14 – Nov. 12, 2006.  Participating artists were asked to limit the color palette of their work to black, white, silver, and transparent.  I decided to recycle both the audio and the idea of a domed environment from my MFA Thesis exhibition.  The audio is a chorus singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Latin (Mica Mica Parva Stella.)  I made a fiber optic star field inside a dome covered box, and provided a bench and headphones for viewers to sit and gaze down into the stars while listening to the chorus sing.

Title: Flood 3

Flood 3,  1998
Materials: resin, rocks, fish, wood
Size: 12″ x 8″ x 4.5″
Collection: Sold at auction

detail view This piece represents stagnant flood water, rot, decay,  and the chaotic aftermath of flooding.  I made it after enduring 3 house/studio floods while living in a basement apartment in downtown Boston.

Universe Box III


Universe Box III, 1994
Materials: papier mache, copper, mineral
samples, dragees, mirrors, glass, fabric, wood
Size: 12″ x 12″ x2″
Collection: Sold at auction

This piece is made using an old wooden cash register drawer as the housing for the scene.  The large compartment has a papier mache lunar landscape with a black and silver velvet star-field.  The five compartments on the left side each hold a different unidentified mineral sample inside a mirrored copper box.  The center bottom compartment holds a bottle of ether.  The bottom right compartment holds a stockpile of hydrogen atoms represented by silver cake decorations.