Frail Affinities

The world premiere of the six-day performance “Frail Affinities” makes poetic and satirical reference to the tragedy of the “Donner Party” from 1846. A group of settlers migrating across the United States became trapped in the snow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and endured unimaginable horrors. Saint Genet’s method insists on images becoming obsessions, opening mental and physical spaces on a periphery where suffering, pain, joy, delirium, and death flow over into one another.

Director/Text: Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell

Performer: Darren Dewse, Ezra Dickinson, Matt Drews, Sara Edwards, Ethan Folk, Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell, MKNZ, Lily Nguyen, NKO

Musicians: Brian Lawlor (piano/synth), D. Salo (piano/synth), Emily Stewart (violin), Judith Reiter (viola), Julia Pichler (violin), Lukas Lauermann (cello)

Composers: Brian Lawlor, dl Salo

Choreography: Matt Drews

Costume & Make-up: Robinick Fernandez

Costume and Make-up assistant: Jordan Christianson

Video: Alexander Nowak

Light Design (for performance): Ben Zamora

Sound Design: Ryan Kelly

Dramaturgy: Melissa Henry

Company Manager: Sara Edwards