Adjusted Realists in association with Davidson College
Barber Theatre at Davidson College
Directed and Written by Stephen Kaliski
Scenic Design: Anita Tripathi
Lighting Design: Kaylin Gess
Costume Design: Ketti Shum
Sound & Music Design: Tate E. Thompson
Photos by Kaylin Gess
The Refugees is set in contemporary Argos, one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Europe. Clytemnestra is a jaded queen persuaded by her activist children to offer asylum to immigrants displaced by war and climate change. Orestes and Electra continuously express their distress for what is happening to the planet. The question the queen and her children try to answer is: Who do we let in?
Our world of The Refugees presents the discussion of global community and power of community. By testifying, the refugees (Athenians, Minoans, and Thracians) closed the emotional distance the royals had maintained throughout the show. This highlighted the danger of those being impacted to be spoken over/for by those who are not.
Much of the sound relied on underscoring to help drive the emotion of scenes. This was done by using atmospheric and textural beds.