|Pedro Bayon and Laura Trujillo|
(photo by LKBachman)
Park Square's proscenium stage (a space I haven't seen in over two years) has been turned into a dry and dusty dessert. The painted floor and a few raised platforms to create dimension are the color of rusty sand, and there are actual piles of sand that the characters dig around in, giving a tactile reality to the gruesome and arduous task of the searchers. Silhouettes of mountains stand out against the subtly changing light of the backdrop, as time and reality shift. It's easy to imagine the characters in the vastness of the desert, with the hot sun blazing. (Scenic design by Karin Olson, lighting design by Quinci Bachman.)
In a note in the program, the playwright draws parallels with the war in Ukraine, and the attempted coup in our country just over a year ago. This play shows the resiliency of people who had their democracy taken away - how they survived, how they honored the dead, and how they moved forward. It reminds us of the vigilance required to maintain democracy.