CLEVELAND, Ohio - It’s about to be Pandemonium at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)! Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, Cleveland’s coolest collection of local performing artists will take dozens of stages around the CPT campus for the party of the year.
One of this year’s performers is Melissa Crum, who gave us the inside scoop in to her Pandemonium piece.
Kate Miller: What are you doing for Pandemonium this year?
Melissa Crum: My piece is entitled "Blink". It is a 10-minute short play which takes place in an abstract photo lab. The piece explores what it means to be truly present in a moment. In a world where everything we do is captured and posted on social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram, "Blink" asks, “Are we ever really able to experience a moment without the need for photographic evidence?” Two characters, the Developer and the New Customer, explore these ideas as the New Customer comes to grips with what will be her final photo on Earth.
KM: What was your inspiration for your Pandemonium piece?
MC: I was introduced to a lecture by Ramesh Raskar, who spoke about femto-photography. This is a new type of photo imaging that is so fast that it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, and so detailed that it shows light itself in motion. When you see light at this speed, you can begin to understand its behavior. In thinking about this, I began to wonder what would happen if you could examine a human life with the same emphasis on detail. What would you discover? Would the most important details be lost in the quick pace of our everyday lives? This was the beginning of the exploration, but as is common in the creation process, the concept evolved and expanded throughout its development.
KM: Have you done other Pandemonium events?
MC: I have been involved with Pandemonium every year since I was introduced to the event as a volunteer through Cleveland State University's Theatre program in 2007. I have had a wide range of experiences at Pandemonium, from acting in the opening number, being a dessert table, assisting [CPT Executive Artistic Director] Raymond Bobgan, and creating original work.
KM: Why do you like working with CPT?
MC: CPT has a strong commitment and focus on community. When you work at CPT, you will be challenged, and often asked to take a risk. CPT makes an investment in their artists and it gives opportunity for growth and change. I have experienced life changing work happening at CPT. The campus radiates an energy of acceptance and strength. It is a safe place where you can make bold choices and take steps toward being the best version of yourself, as an artist and a human being.
KM: Who is in your piece?
MC: My piece features Katelyn Cornelius and Brett Radke. It also highlights original music by composer Patrick Stoops.
KM: What part of Pandemonium are you looking most forward to?
MC: Aerial Silk Dancing!
KM: Why should Cleveland come see your piece, and come to Pan in general?
MC: There is no other feeling in the world like walking onto the Cleveland Public Theatre campus on the day of Pandemonium. The energy is exhilarating and contagious. Too often I hear people complain about Cleveland, stating that nothing is ever happening here. Coming to Pandemonium is an inspiring experience. It is a chance to see the arts community of Cleveland really shine. There is so much life, and heart, and talent here. The truth is Cleveland is filled with many amazing opportunities and chances to feel the heartbeat of the city. Pandemonium is one of those chances, and it is not to be missed.
Get more info by visiting www.cptonline.org or calling 216-631-2727, extension 205.
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PANDEMONIUM 2013 - Saturday, September 7, 2013
The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $135* ($75 tax deductible)
*Tickets will not be available for online purchase after 12:00 p.m. on Saturday September 7, 2013. Please call the box office for tickets at (216) 631 2727 ext 205.
Cleveland Public Theatre is located at 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.