Brilliant Traces1 Brilliant Traces (1989) takes place in a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor—who turns out to be Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught young woman who has fled all the way from Arizona to escape her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry’s mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return. An encounter between two damaged souls who are struggling to be able to reach across an enormous chasm and find a way to touch each other. Both characters, it develops, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as, in theatrically vivid exchanges, they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present. In the end their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings that beset them both and to reach out for the solace and sanctuary that only hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others can bestow.

Maria plays the lead role Rosannah DeLuce.

The play is in English.

Brilliant Traces throws a runaway bride and a hermit together in a cabin in a snowstorm in the middle of Alaska.  Trapped together they are forced to communicate.  Johnson’s play is a 90 minute roller-coaster of a production about feelings of isolation and people’s need to be understood in this world.  You’ll laugh – you’ll cry.

– See more at: http://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2011/07/26/cindy-lou-johnsons-90-minute-one-act-play-brilliant-traces-hits-noho-august-5-2011/#sthash.T0l8eKgW.dpuf

Brilliant Traces throws a runaway bride and a hermit together in a cabin in a snowstorm in the middle of Alaska.  Trapped together they are forced to communicate.  Johnson’s play is a 90 minute roller-coaster of a production about feelings of isolation and people’s need to be understood in this world.  You’ll laugh – you’ll cry.

– See more at: http://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2011/07/26/cindy-lou-johnsons-90-minute-one-act-play-brilliant-traces-hits-noho-august-5-2011/#sthash.T0l8eKgW.dpuf

Brilliant Traces throws a runaway bride and a hermit together in a cabin in a snowstorm in the middle of Alaska.  Trapped together they are forced to communicate.  Johnson’s play is a 90 minute roller-coaster of a production about feelings of isolation and people’s need to be understood in this world.  You’ll laugh – you’ll cry.

– See more at: http://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2011/07/26/cindy-lou-johnsons-90-minute-one-act-play-brilliant-traces-hits-noho-august-5-2011/#sthash.T0l8eKgW.dpuf

The Opening

It was presented at HB Studio in New York on 12th October 2013. The play was selected to be part of the First Floor Theatre Project Performance at HB Studio. It run for three weeks.

Cast

Written by Cindy Lou Johnson
Directed by Carol Goodheart, Rochelle Oliver
Stage Managers: George Port, Renée Yakemchuk, Ingrid Wheatley
Cast: Maria Fontanals, Myles Forster
Set and Light Design: Nikolay Sviridchik
Sound: Nicholas Thomas
Set Design: Clémence Pernoud
Fight Choreographer: Gael Shaefer

Pictures

 

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