There’s No Place…
a world premiere production
by Jim Lyke
Produced by the Janesville Performing Arts Center
Directed by Alex Burkart
THERE’S NO PLACE… was the first play in a much larger project called Stories from Janesville, which brings in a playwright to work with a local charity group, and then use the inspiration gathered from the experience to craft a new original work. THERE’S NO PLACE… explores the growing issue of homelessness in Rock County, WI and weaves together three different stories of those fighting this often unseen monster.
I brought the audience up on stage for this production, staging it in an intimate round configuration. My world was that of a collapsing house: each corner of the stage being anchored by a vom leading into a distressed doorway. The rest of the set was crafted using found objects that could transform easily into different locations.
The goal of this production was to create an intense realism that still supported allegory. I wanted the audience to recognize this homelessness issue as not only a problem for others, but themselves as well. The heightened intimacy and simplicity of the staging and acting brought the audience to the performance, rather than projecting it out to them.
A percentage of net profits from the production were donated to organizations who are fighting the homelessness epidemic in Rock County, WI: Echo, Project 16:49, Gifts Mens Shelter, and the Homeless Intervention Task Force.