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Works Progress Vancouver: Heaven Born Wind


Salvage Vanguard Theater, with support from University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film, announces the workshop performance of Heaven Born Wind by Hannah Kenah, directed by UBC MFA Candidate Jenny Larson.

As one family moves through a barren landscape, the individual members are simultaneously each other’s only hope and greatest threat. A hulking father refuses to hunt, and a restless mother hides the concept of Home from her exhausted children. Heaven Born Wind lives in the boundaries between safety and danger: this side of the river and the need to ford the river; the warm circle of firelight and that which roams in the darkness beyond; the need to eat and their dwindling ammunition; the need for protection, yet the strongest among them is being driven mad by the wind, the wind, the heaven-born wind. 

With undercurrents of The Oregon TrailNight of the Hunter, Hansel and Gretel, and Kafka’s MetamorphosisHeaven Born Wind is the story of a family living a primitive life at the edges of a contemporary world.

Kenah joins Larson at UBC this May for a four-day workshop. Playing with puppetry, movement, and text, the public is invited to a free sharing of this work-in-progress on May 13th at the Dorothy Somerset Studio on UBC campus.

ABOUT HANNAH KENAH: Hannah Kenah is a performer, writer, and company member with Rude Mechs and has been developing work with the company since 2008, including national tours of The Method Gun and Stop Hitting Yourself. She served as the writer for Rude Mechs' Now Now Oh Now,and most recently she wrote and performed in Rude Mechs' Field Guide which was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered in their 2017-2018 season. With Salvage Vanguard Theater, Hannah wrote and performed in Guest by Courtesy, co-created with Jenny Larson, which was selected for Fusebox Festival 2013, then traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria and was produced by Brooklyn Yard. SVT produced her play With Great Difficulty Alice Sits in fall 2016. Her play Everything is Established received on honorable mention on the 2015 Kilroys List and was produced by Harbor Stage Company in the summer of 2017. Hannah received her BA from Dartmouth College, attended Dell'Arte International, and is currently studying playwriting as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT JENNY LARSON: Jenny Larson has served as artistic director of Salvage Vanguard Theater, an experimental new works company in Austin Texas, since 2008. Jenny holds a BA from St Edwards University in Austin. She has directed over 18 world premiere productions. She was named Best of Austin “Theater Director” by the local entertainment weekly paper Austin Chronicle in 2016. Jenny’s devised collaboration with Hannah Kenah, Guest by Courtesy, has played the international Fusebox Festival in 2013, the SHE MAKES THEATER festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013, and the Brooklyn Yard in 2016. She was awarded Best Director of a Drama from the B Iden Payne Committee in Austin for her work on AM I WHITE by Adrienne Dawes in 2014In the spring of 2017 she was an Artist-In-Residence at the Drama League in New York. The summer of 2017 Jenny was an Artist-In-Residence in Kokkola, Finland with the Drake Art Centre. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC in the Department of Theatre and Film.

ABOUT JULIA SMITH: Is a collaborative theater artist and educator who graduated from Towson University's MFA Theatre program and also holds a BFA from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Her performance, direction and design work has been seen throughout New York City, Baltimore/DC area, Chicago, New Orleans, Texas and Eastern Europe and has been recognized by The New York Times, The Austin Chronicle, Austin Critic Table Awards, B. Iden Payne Committee, and the Eastern Europe and Slavic Performance Journal. Julia was last seen performing at Lincoln Center in Basil Twist's Rite of Spring, on Season 6 of The Good Night Show for the Sprout Network, and and at the Austin Puppet Incident. She is currently a Theater Director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. She is happy to have the chance to make such wild and strange objects for SVT. 

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