World Premiere! By Joy McCullough- Carranza | Directed by Amy Poisson
February 20th – March 14th 2015
Thu-Sat @ 8pm, & Monday, March 9th @ 8pm
Free Preview Thurs Feb 19th
Warning: Contains brief partial nudity and content relating to sexual violence. May not be suitable for those under 18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific information.
Blood/Water/Paint is an audaciously imaginative and unflinching retelling of the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian Baroque painter now considered one of the most accomplished of her generation. Gentileschi’s story unfolds through interactions with the women featured in her own most famous paintings and the process of teaching her daughter to paint, and culminates in her fierce battle to rise above the most devastating event in her life and fight for justice despite horrific consequences.
“Mama says we have blood pounding through our veins—that her blood pounds in my veins—but I say Mama doesn’t have blood. She’s never had blood. She’s always had a perfectly pure, ruby red paint flowing straight to her heart. Her canvas.”
– Prudenzia, Blood/Water/Paint
Told from Artemisia’s point of view, Blood/Water/Paint moves seamlessly through her memories of her time as a 17-year-old apprentice, seeking guidance from the very women she paints on her canvas, to her life as a 34-year-old mother, teaching her daughter her craft. Joy McCullough-Carranza weaves the details of her story into a raw and compelling exploration of the power of creation as a tool for survival. Blood/Water/Paint is a revealing portrait of a brilliant woman whose accomplishments were buried for generations under the weight of selective history. She gave a new voice to the subjects of her paintings, conveying them as women who took control of their destiny in a time when most were overpowered by the crippling status quo. We are thrilled to be able to share this unique view into the perspective of a woman whose vision still resonates centuries after her work was created.
Alex Highsmith, Annette Toutonghi, Daniel Christensen, Michael Blum, Ana Maria Campoy and Evelyn DeHais
Production Team Includes:
Amy Poisson, Robin McCartney, Jocelyn Fowler, Roberta Christensen, Johanna Melemand, Michael Massey, and Alison Underdahl
Produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson