By Julia Jarcho
Directed by Alice Reagan @ Incubator Arts Project
Sets by Carolyn Mraz
Costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
An original story, Nomads explores themes and moods inspired in part by the modernist writer Jane Bowles. The play follows the strange adventures of Joan and Jean, two American ladies in the late 1930s. It all begins after Joan, a comfortable spinster and grande dame, gets a phone call one morning. She learns that someone very close to her has died; only she can't for the life of her remember this person. Meanwhile, Joan's friend Jean, a promising artist struggling with alcoholism and writer's block, books passage to Central America. She hopes to find something really different; but the jungle turns out to be weirdly familiar. By turns mysterious and mischievous, playful and perverse, Nomads is a play about how hard it is to see other people.