by Lindsey Ferrentino

Roundabout Underground

directed by Patricia McGregor
scenic design by Tim Brown
costume design by Dede Ayite
lighting design by Jiyoun Chang
sound design by Jessica Paz
projection design by Caite Hevner

photography by  Richard Termine and Caite Hevner


"Ms. Ferrentino alternates scenes depicting Jess's uneasy transition to her 'old' life with those set at a facility where she receives a kind of virtual reality therapy. Putting on goggles that cause her pain ("It took three surgeries to give me back my eyelid"), Jess is encouraged to move her limbs while watching an avatar move through a snowy wilderness. The choice of clime is hers; she finds it soothing. [. . .] Jess does slowly make progress with her novel therapy, which is based, a note indicates, on stress reducing techniques actually being used on veterans. As the silken voice (Caitlin O'Connell) urges her to enter the imaginary landscape, her movements gradually become more fluid, and her initial testiness subsides. (We see projections of snowy mountainscapes, by Caite Hevner Kemp, on a screen pulled in front of the stage.)" 

-Charles Isherwood, The New York Times