A work-in-progress showing of a ten-scene excerpt from Ionesco’s final play, adapted and directed by Joanna Settle. Presented by HERE Arts Center as part of their annual CultureMart Festival (January 10-17, 2004). This showing was presented through HERE's Resident Artist Program (HARP), which provides full production support and features the work of HERE's resident artists.


Katie Taber and puppets designed by Lake Simons as they appeared in a one-scene showing of Journeys Among the Dead at HERE Space in August 2003. Photography by Morgan LaVigne.

By Eugène Ionesco
Premiere Translation by Michael Taormina
Adapted and Directed by Joanna Settle

About the text:

Ionesco’s final play, written in 1985 shortly before his death, is an anxiety driven, autobiographical fantasy centered around a middle-aged writer who visits a realm where the dead and the living exist plainly with one another. As adapted by Joanna Settle, Ionesco’s protagonist is a woman in her thirties - Joan, a successful but faltering writer who seeks answers from her relatives, approval from her parents, and a clearer sense of purpose. Answers are not forthcoming, and the audience is plunged into a world where the failures and preoccupations of the past mingle indiscriminately with those of the present. Often funny and always challenging, this new translation by Michael Taormina was commissioned and developed by D13 with the support of Étant Donnés, The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Production Staff

Scenic Design: Andrew Lieberman
Puppetry: Lake Simons

Costume Design: Caroline Flach
Composer: Obadiah Eaves

Sound Design: Mike Frank

Lighting Design: Peter West
Choreography: Alex Escalante
Production Stage Manager: Lisa Gavaletz

Anne DeAcetis
Youssef Kerkour
Steven Rishard
Caesar Samayoa
Rachel Sledd
Katie Taber