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2017 - 2018
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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The Skin of Our Teeth
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Urinetown
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Peter and the Starcatcher
The Arabian Nights



2015 - 2016
Adventures of Prince Achmed

Avenue Q

Equus
Journey to the West


2014 - 2015
Absolutely! {perhaps}
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Fire and The Rain


2013 - 2014
36 Views
Scapin
The Love of the Nightingale


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Taking Steps
Zorro
Gilgamesh


2011 - 2012
The Ramayana (remount)
Arms and the Man
Blood Wedding
Metamorphoses



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Women Beware Women
On The Razzle
The Green Bird



2009 - 2010
A Flea in Her Ear
Three Sisters
The Ramayana


2008 - 2009
Temptation
The Marriage of Figaro
Crazyface



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A Dream Play
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The Good Woman of Setzuan
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  The Fire and The Rain
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April 23 - May 24, 2015
The Fire and The Rain

A North American Premiere
by Girish Karnad

directed by Allison Arkell Stockman
with live music by Tom Teasley

The creative team that brought DC audiences The Ramayana brings to life a dynamic family drama drawn from the Indian epic The Mahabharata.

As he begins the seventh year of the fire ritual, Paravasu feels the waves of heat rise from the flames and prays that finally the rain will come to quench the parched earth. Isolated and lonely, his wife entertains a rival’s wild tales of the humid jungle. Paravasu’s brother, Arvasu and young Nittilai, a star-crossed pair of lovers, pursue a forbidden marriage. In this mystical exploration of humanity, we encounter a mask that possesses its owner, a tortured demon-soul on a mission, and a supernatural act of compassion.

Girish Karnad, India’s most celebrated contemporary playwright, embraces spectacle and spirituality to spark an explosive story of ritual and rebellion that will thrill and inspire.




Run Time: 2:30
One Intermission
Recommended for Ages 12+






 

 

ENSEMBLE

Arvasu ........................................................ Dallas Tolentino
Paravasu ..............................................Michael Kevin Darnall*
Nittilai ...................................................... Lynette Rathnam*
Yavakri/ Brahmin ................................... Jonathan Lee Taylor*
Vishakha/ Actor Troupe Musician ........................ Katy Carkuff
Actor Manager ................................................... Ashley Ivey
Brahma Rakshasa ................................. Ryan Andrew Mitchell
Raibhya/ Brahmin ....................................... Jonathon Church
King/ Andhaka .......................................... DeJeanette Horne
Courtier/ Nittilai's Brother/ Vishwarupa ................... Eric Porter
Porter Brahmin/ Nittilai's Husband/ Indra ............... Shawn Jain


CREATIVE TEAM


Director ............................................... Allison Arkell Stockman
Original Music Performed Live .................................Tom Teasley
Scenic Designer ................................................... A.J. Guban^
Costume Designer ............................................... Kendra Rai^
Lighting Designer ................................................ A.J. Guban^
Properties Designer ........................................... Samina Vieth
Dance Choreographer ............................................. Kelly King
Fight Choreographer ......................................... Robb Hunter#
Assistant Director .................................................. Amita Jha
Stage Manager ......................................... Cheryl Ann Gnerlich
Technical Director .............................................. John Cincioni

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors & stage managers
^ Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
# Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Production photos featuring the ensemble from The Fire and The Rain. Photos by Stan Barouh.
The Fire and The Rain closed on April 24, 2015.

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Publicity photos of Lynette Rathnam and Dallas Tolentino. Photos by Stan Barouh.


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"A marvelous play... revelatory."
-- The Washington Post


"Bursting with magic and drama, this violent fairy tale provides an escape from the mundane and the expected." -- Brightest Young Things

"Gorgeous and acrobatic scenes!"
-- DC Theatre Scene

"A riveting score pulls together fights, dances,
fables, vignettes, and an epic love story."

-- Washington City Paper


"Don't you dare miss it!"
-- DC Outlook


"Based upon the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata, The Fire and The Rain is a wonderful excursion from a modern playwright from India."
-- DC Metro Theatre Arts

"A fascinating spectacle!"
-- Broadway World

"It is storytelling in voice and motion to the persistent beat and notes of drums, flute and keyboard, driving and heightening the intensity of the narrative from the first moment to the last." -- Hill Rag

"Fascinating...truly rewarding."
-- Broadway World


"It is a lot to take on, but Constellation has a track record with Indian epics, having mounted a well-received production of The Ramayana in 2010 and 2011. The creative team is back for The Fire and the Rain. Constellation’s founding artistic director Allison Arkell Stockman has handled staging duties; Kendra Rai has contributed the colorful costumes. And the masterful composer and performer Tom Teasley once again provides atmospheric music throughout the show from a position on A.J. Guban’s set."
- The Washington Post

 

 

WORLD PERCUSSIONIST Tom Teasley was awarded (for the 3rd consecutive year) the 2014 Washington Area Music Award (WAMMIE) for Best World Music Instrumentalist! Also his CD, The Love of the Nightingale was nominated for best World Music Recording. His work with Constellation Theatre was recognized with his fourth nomination for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

Tom has just released a new CD, Dreams of India, inspired by his soundtrack to the Constellation Theatre production of The Fire and The Rainrunning now at Source. The CD is only available through Constellation Theatre. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Constellation Theatre Company.



NEW RELEASE!
Dreams of India



Dreams of India

Multi-Instrumental genius, Tom Teasley... hauntingly beautiful melodies"- Rebecca Ritzel -- The Washington Post

Welcome to my latest sonic adventure! The music, culture and people of India have always intrigued and inspired me. This music will serve as the soundtrack for Constellation’s Theatre production, The Fire and the Rain by Girish Karnad, an Indian epic based on The Mahabharata. While this is not intended to be an authentic or scholarly representation of the depth of Indian music it is meant to be my humble adaptation of it through my eyes, ears and imagination combined with extensive collaborations with musicians throughout the world. I’m performing on more than twenty different instruments. The combination of ancient instruments including tabla, doumbek, tambourines, shakers and all manor of percussion with several bamboo flutes, are joined with modern electronic percussion, keyboards and melodicas to form the genre bending ancient / futuristic sonic pallet.
In keeping with the character of underscore I frequently will have instruments in dialog with one another; bass melodica conversing with Arabic whistle, snare drum with castanets, sitar with melodica and many other examples. While pondering the element of fire I became intrigued with the concept of breath as a musical element. It is also an important part of any yoga practice. I’m making use of rhythmic breathing in several selections for dramatic and textural effect. While doing so I’m fusing vocal percussion that draws on the Indian tradition of konnakkol with whispered American beat-box. There are time signatures of 7/4 and 11/4 in addition to the more common 4/4 patterns. Teachers I’ve been blessed to study with inspired much of this music. These master musicians include including drumset wizard, Joe Morello, Indian kanjira and mirdangam maestro Trichy Sankaran, and frame drum master Glen Velez. The complex rhythmic structures of India are certainly an inspiration but most of my rhythmic vocabulary draws more from the American jazz tradition of Max Roach, Ed Blackwell and others. Much of the melodic inspiration is drawn from American jazz and blues. It is my desire to create a timeless unique Indo-American fusion that pays tribute to both cultures. As always, my engineer, collaborator and friend Jim Robeson’s contributions are invaluable. I sincerely hope that the result is nearly as enjoyable a listen as it was to create.

Track Notes

  1. Om Tat Sat is a mult-cultural hybrid that features Tom on doumbek, melodica, keyboards and konnakol (vocal percussion). It is in 11/4 and is inspired by the South Indian rhythmic concept of rhythms at different rates of speed. At one point all three speeds are present at the same time in the vocal percussion. There is interplay between the doumbek and melodica to create a rhythmic / melodic call and response.
  2. Whispers in the Wind combines tunable frame drums, African Mbira, shakers and whispered vocal percussion. The goal is to invoke the meditative sound of wind through the trees.
  3. Breath of Smoke features the Native American flute supported by clay drums, subtle electronic percussion, cajon (wooden box drum) and vocal percussion. This music is inspired by the ethereal beauty of the Indian bansuri flute and makes use of half-hole fingerings on the bamboo flute.
  4. Fire Dance explores an explosive percussion showcase in 7/4 time. The Roland HandSonic supplies the foundation while the doumbek and cajon have an exuberant call and response dialog.
  5. Indra and Arvasu is a dance like composition that makes use of an unusual dialog between the bass melodica and bamboo flute supported by a dynamic percussive combination of cajon, riq (Middle Eastern tambourine) and cymbal.
  6. Mask of Vritra is an otherworldly mixture of finger style bodhran, riq, shakers and whispered vocal percussion.
  7. Silver Rain combines delicate metal percussion of glockenspiel, hang drum and cymbal. The stereo imaging of a single cymbal is a device frequently used to expand the tonal sound design by exploring the delicate nuance from a single instrument.
  8. Sacrifice is Tom’s take on Mumbai via the South Side of Chicago with sparse blues lines combined with tunable frame drums, shakers, kalimba, crotales and keyboards. There is a constant 2 over 3 polyrhythm that continues throughout the piece.
  9. Dance for Arvasu showcases alto melodica (a cousin to the Indian harmonium) in dialog with udu (clay drum), riq and shakers. The eastern scales intertwine with quartal lines inspired by jazz great Herbie Hancock.
  10. Sketches of India is inspired by the great Miles Davis / Gil Evans collaboration, “Sketches of Spain”. Castanets conversing with orchestral snare drum complete the soundscape of keyboards, bamboo flute, delicate cymbal and cajon.
  11. Namaste is the single major key composition on the recording. It is to serve as a counterbalance to the more exotic tonalities used elsewhere.
  12. Fists of Karna features the South Indian kanjira (small tambourine with one jingle). Tom employs techniques from South Italy and jazz rhythms inspired by Max Roach.

 

* All music composed by and all instruments performed by Tom Teasley.
*For press inquiries and more information visit www.tomteasley.com


   
       
 
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