a New Play by

Kevin Connell and Ellen Orenstein

from the novel by Kathryn Harrison



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Currently, Kevin Connell is collaborating with Ellen Orenstein, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, on adapting Kathryn Harrison's novel, Exposure, into a full-legth script for the stage. 

The play uncovers the journey of Ann Rogers, from the retrospective of her father's photographs at the Museum of Modern Art, to her arrest at Tiffany's for attempting to steal a $78,000 diamond solitaire ring, to her subsequent therapy with a court appointed psychiatrist, and, finally, to her development as an adult separate from the identity imposed on her as her father's model.  Because photography and "seeing" are so integral to understanding Ann's world and the world of her father, Edgar Rogers, Kevin and Ellen have created an intensely visual vocabulary for this play that will inspire a visceral experience for its audience.  They have flooded the play with images.  Space and time are warped, as present meets past.  The inner workings of a nervous breakdown are laid bare through the torturous images that Ann must confront and escape.  Hundreds of photographs cover the floor of the stage.  Projections amplify the play's action.  And, in order to uncover the humanity of the characters and to help an audience relate to Ann, they have juxtaposed cinematic truth, through language and physical behavior, and with the theatricality of a multi-media design.

In developing the script, they have arranged two formal readings of Exposure for invited audiences.  These readings have taken place in New York City at the 78th Street Theatre Lab (November 2004) and  Marymount Manhattan College's Regina Peruggi Room (May 2005).  Actors who participated in the 2005 reading included film and stage actor and Academy Award nominee, David Strathairn, Tony Award nominee Roz Coleman, and film, television and stage actors Christopher Hutchison, Matthew Fischel and Emily Ackerman.  In the summer of 2007, director Lisa Rothe came on board as the play's director/dramaturge, a confirming step towards public performance. 


Director:  Lisa Rothe