BELIEVELAND

by Caroline McGraw
Williams College Summer Theatre Lab
(workshop production) 

If you want a revolution
Return to your childhood
And kick out the bottom

-from “cleveland undercovers” by d.a. levy, 1964-65

So wrote d.a. levy, the unofficial poet laureate of Cleveland, Ohio. Years later a playwright named Carrie struggles to conjure d.a.’s Cleveland—a landscape of promise, disappointment, and mystery. Weaving interviews and texts with fantasy and metatheatrics, BELIEVELAND explores literary inheritance in a city famous for its river catching on fire.

Directed by Caitlin Sullivan
Scenic Design by Cate McCrea
Lighting Design by Isabella Byrd
Costume Design by Isabel Benjamin
Sound Design by Alden Taylor

Featuring: Isabel Benjamin, Terah Ehigiator,YJ Huang, Mia Georgina Hull, Emma Mandel, Phoebe Mattana, Harriet Weldon, Young Wuk Jung

BELIEVELAND was workshopped as part of the 2016 Williams College Summer Theatre Lab. The Lab provides an opportunity for current Williams students, as well as returning alumni professionals, to work in a theatrical environment free from commercial and critical pressures. The Lab’s goal is to nurture theatrical projects that foster creative experimentation, artistic risk taking, and the collaborative process.