“The poignant music was perfect for the play and for this production. It cushioned the performance without overwhelming it, highlighting the script’s essentially optimistic tone.” – Debby Yaffe writes about The Child Behind the Eyes at the Victoria Fringe Festival.
Composed specifically for this production, Lullaby is woven into the sound design for the play and as director Melde writes “is a vital part of this production, much like the connection and heartbeat between mother and child”. The production features the Hebrew version, Lullaby is also available in Yiddish and English.
The Fringe Festival performance generated a lively audience discussion about the many challenges faced by families coping with disability.
Janis La Couvee brought it back home in her review: “…Although society has marched on with amazing advancements in the intervening decades, and inclusion is often the order of the day, talk to any parent of a nineteen year old aging out of the social services and educational systems to find out how many supports are really in place. The script is no less relevant today than it was then…”
…The Child Behind the Eyes is richly interpreted, intensely personal and deeply emotional—an introspective journey into the life of another that helps to illuminate our own.
– Janis La Couvee, Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016
Performance continue this weekend at the Victoria Fringe Festival, the Anchorage season kicks off at Out North on Sept 16.
* This show is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.