Cosmic Orchid
       curating integrative theatre

Gratitude to our gracious audience members for making The Voire Dire Project 1.5 at TNC's Dream Up Festival such a wonderful success...

Kudos to a magnificent creative team!


Production photos/performance videos coming!

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Community Theater @ TNC's Dream Up Festival


Thursday, 9/7 6:30 PM

Friday, 9/8 9 PM

Saturday, 9/9 5 PM

Sunday, 9/10 2 PM

Monday, 9/11 6:30 PM

Thursday, 9/14 6:30 PM

Friday, 9/15 9 PM

Saturday, 9/16 8 PM

“A magnificent tapestry of image and story!”


An AEA Showcase production of:

J. Lois Diamond’s In Alabama, directed by Liz Amadio

Inspired by Puberty by Avron Soyer

With Mary Tierney* and Elizabeth Vermiliyea


Liz Amadio’s In the Attic, directed by Danielle Earle

Inspired by Postcard - excerpt of Dick Tass by Susan Tammany

with Kendra Augustin & Courtney Vinson


Maxine Kern’s Dostoyevsky, directed by Liz Amadio

Inspired by Winter Home by Avron Soyer

with Donald Chang, Jane Rubinsky & Susan Skosko


Coni Koepfinger’s AfterLife (excerpt), directed by Joan Kane.

Inspired by The Invasion by Cindi Cericola

with Lani Cerveris Cataldi & Stark Wilz

Set Design by Lindsay Shields

Lighting Design by Bruce A! Kraemer

Stage Manager: Victor Vauban Junior

Sound/Lighting: Bandele Prioleau

Production Associate/Projection: Jane Silverstein

Art Curation Coordinators: Claude Isbell/Maxine Kern

Video Artist: Jonah Farley

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

About the Project:

In the Spring of 2016, Cosmic Orchid produced the inaugural cycle of its signature production, The Voire Dire Project. Through Integrative Theatre, four theatrical teams each developed a one-act play inspired by a separate work of visual art (all paintings). This production is a reincarnation of those plays, revised and developed - casting actors in different roles, and integrating the creative teams of each play. In addition to the performances, the Dream Up Festival includes a full curation of the art work in the gallery adjacent to the theatre where the plays are performed. The inspiration continues with a metamorphosis of the performance, and a new vision of the project - a moving audience experience!


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The Voire Dire Project

4 paintings * 4 plays * 18 artists
1 interactive experience
Thank you for making our inaugural cycle a success!

The Voire Dire Project is the signature production of Cosmic Orchid, and this first cycle punctuates our inaugural season.  It is an integrative project where four theatrical teams (playwright, actors and director) each develop a one-act play inspired by a separate work of visual art.  It culminates in a 4 week production of those plays with a corresponding exhibition of the art that influenced them.

The Hoodie Play launched Cosmic Orchid with a rotating ten show run.  We introduced the company and its mission, to both audience and Artists.  It was a wonderful opportunity to assess the impact of Integrative Theatre.  With 20 Theatre Artists and 4 Visual Artists participating in Voire Dire, it is quite an industrious project and not an easy task to accomplish – even just in scheduling and acquiring available space.

We made a conscious effort to keep production expenses low so we could allocate 40% of our budget to Artists’ fees.  Because of the scale of Voire Dire, the allocation for Artist’s fees actually represents 60% of the entire budget.  We opt for humble venues and stage with minimal production values.  We want the work to speak for itself.  We want our Artists to feel fulfilled and empowered.  


We are excited about the response we have received from both artists and audience.  In concert with our mission statement, we invited the Hoodie audience to a private submission process for participation in The Voire Dire Project.  An announcement about the artists will be soon be made!    

Truly, this was a great show, not to be missed!

 One of the best theatre experiences

 I have ever had!

- Christine Mizenko Marcello