By Annie Siddons
Performed by Hal Cosentino
Music & Sound by Ethan T. Parcell
Direction & Images by Jeremy Ohringer
Part fairy tale and part humanitarian howl, this one-person show was first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to critical and audience acclaim. The work is funny and tender and all the things you pray to encounter in a theatrical experience, and so we want to bring it to a city near you.
We seek to reinvigorate theater by developing a national community of artists to create plays that ignite wonder, empower, and challenge audiences.
We hope to connect individuals from diverse backgrounds and beliefs from across the country through touring and creating a national network of "cartographers."
We will treat each production as if it were our last so that we render each with as much energy, focus, and heart as possible.
We believe our country's divisive political and social climate has given us permission to stop listening to each other. The first step toward mending and reconciling our differences is to gather people from diverse ideological backgrounds in spaces where we see and hear each other. The Cartographers will create experiences that excite audiences while providing space for shared experiences.
Who we are:
Jeremy Ohringer is a director and teaching artist. He is currently a directing MFA candidate at Boston University, where he directed These Three Sisters: Inspired by Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Mother Courage and Her Children, Lord of the Flies and Of Blood and Dirt: An Adaptation of Homer's Iliad. Other projects include milkwhite with The Kinematics, Sad Songs for Bad People with Rough House, a new adaptation of Frank Wedekind's play, Spring Awakening with Fearless Theatre, Who Rowed Across Oceans with Lost Compass Collective, which was presented in both Chicago and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando Adapted by Sarah Ruhl, and Salve Regina, which toured the country and garnered Javier Rivera a best actor award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC.
Jeremy was also the Youth Company Director at Chicago Youth Shakespeare from 2013 – 2016, where he directed high school students in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and The Comedy of Errors.
As an educator, Jeremy has worked with Steppenwolf, American Theater Company, Global Voices Initiative, Actors Training Center, Shattered Globe, Northlight, Emerald City, CO/LAB, Parker Plus, as well as the National High School Institute “Cherubs” program at Northwestern University and the Boston University Summer Theater Institute.
Hal Cosentino is a trans-identified actor and writer making new plays. His writing has been developed in Chicago with The New Colony & The Neo-Futurists, and in New York with New Georges, SITI Company, & Mom’s Insurance. Upcoming Chicago acting credits include work with Prop Thtr & Rough House, as well as Brown Paper Box Co.’s regional premiere of Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins this July/August. Hal has trained for several years with SITI Company in Suzuki & Viewpoints and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the National Theatre Institute. He is an associate artistic director of NON:Op Open Opera Works (Chicago) and a proud member of Mom’s Insurance and ODONATA (NYC). Hal is a graduate of Skidmore College.
These Three Sisters [workshop]
The production was later fully produced in collaboration with Boston University's School of Theater.
“I think we ought to have faith or ought to seek a faith, or else this life is empty, empty. . . . To live and not to understand why cranes fly; why children are born; why there are stars in the sky. . . . You've got to know what you're living for or else it's all nonsense...” – Masha, Three Sisters
In this adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the Prozorov sisters are the only ones left. As they retell and relive their story, they investigate friendship, desire, and inertia. Hopefully, this time, they’ll get to Moscow.
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written by Hal Cosentino
performed by Hal Cosentino + Mark Maxwell
at Rough House's Nasty, Brutish, & Short: A Puppet Cabaret (March 2018)
An overheard coffee shop conversation, reenacted by mug-puppets, gets interrupted by a nosy barista and two women asking the trans guy listening in on them to take their picture, misgendering him in the process. His resulting emotional spiral takes us back to his last break-up---all over a cup of coffee.