Gone Missing was originally performed by a cast of six women and men, but Elision has chosen to cast just four women, which fits with their theme of mostly or all female casts and creative teams. These four women (Emily Dussault, Christine Wade, Vanessa Gamble, and Abilene Olson) play multiple characters who were interviewed by The Civilians company, talking about things that they've lost. It could be a ring, or a job, or a pet, or a shoe, or an island. Some characters appear just for a moment, some return multiple times through the piece, including a scholar talking about the lost island Atlantis, and someone who's called in to remove bodies DOA. Songs are woven into the scenes and also speak to the idea of loss, related to the scenes but not directly. In that way the piece is more like a song cycle about missing or lost things, connected with short vignettes on the theme. Some stories are funny, some are sad, and all evoke that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize you've misplaced something that's important to you.
|the cast of Gone Missing (photo courtesy of Theatre Elision)|
Gone Missing continues this weekend and next, your chance to see TCTB's 2018 Under the Radar pick. Tickets are just $25, or $35 including a donation to the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund.