THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

2016 PRODUCTION

Written, Directed, and Starred by Scientific & Artistic Director Dr. Mónica López
Produced by La Petite Noiseuse Productions

FRAMED ILLUSION (Cornice Di Un'Illusione)

Past World Premiere Performances

June 2-12, 2016. Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD
June 17 & 18, 2016. Germano's Piattini, Little Italy, Baltimore, MD

 

This one-act drama is a gripping original narrative between a police detective and her female suspect. Case appears closed until the two femmes fatales wrangle over what is fact and what is fiction... Using crime and the act of writing as a backdrop to address the "problem of perception" and the malleability of memory, this drama was originally written in both English and Italian and lies at the nexus of Drama + Cognitive Psychology. The original English-language version runs approximately 65 minutes long without intermission.

View a selection from Scene 1 recorded live June 11, 2016:

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FEATURING

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Alex Fournier (Bassist)

Linda Bancroft (Suspect)

Mónica López (Detective)

Nico Sarbanes (Trumpeter)

 

 

 

 

Read and hear about Framed Illusion in Technical.ly Baltimore and on WYPR and in The HUB!

 

METHODS & DATA

"Trading Conversations Between Science and Art: When Musical Improvisation Enters the Dialogue on Stage" article coming soon!

 

 

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2015 PRODUCTION

Written, Directed, and Starred by Scientific & Artistic Director Dr. Mónica López
Produced by La Petite Noiseuse Productions

IN SESSION (Chez L' Analyste)

Past World Premiere Performances

May 29-June 14, 2015. Swirnow Theater, Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD
June 19 & 20, 2015. Germano's Piattini, Little Italy, Baltimore, MD

 

In this six-scene, one-act play a plastic surgeon comes face to face with her shrink for one last conversation, a pianist improvises through the office radio, and minds mimic machines. Are the characters one and the same? Is it all a dream? A drama initially written in both French and English about consciousness, perception, and memory, this unique production is at the intersection of Drama + Cognitive Science. The original English-language version runs approximately 90 minutes long without intermission.

View a selection from Scene 2 recorded live June 6, 2015:

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View a selection from Scene 5 recorded live June 6, 2015:

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FEATURING

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Mónica López (Client)

Todd Simon (Pianist)

Peg Nichols (Therapist)

 

 

 

Read about In Session in The HUB and DC Metro Theater Arts!

 

METHODS & DATA

See Science article Minds in the Spotlight: Using Live Performance Art to Uncover Creative Thinking Processes

 

 

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2014 PRODUCTION

Written and Directed by Scientific & Artistic Director Dr. Mónica López
Produced by La Petite Noiseuse Productions

ÚLTIMA PARTIDA (The Final Draw)

Past World Premiere Performances

June 19-22, 2014. Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD
June 26, 2014. Germano's Piattini, Little Italy, Baltimore, MD
June 27-29, 2014. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, Washington, D.C.

 

This new theatrical production is a riveting original final one-act conversation between a woman and a man in a cabaret as they tease apart their emotionally-charged stories of love, desire, solitude and death in six breathtaking scenes. The cabaret's jazz pianist improvises the play's music throughout their conversation as he reacts to the actors' dialogue and body language in real-time. A drama addressing the six universal human emotions and their linguistic and musical nuances, this unique production is at the crossroads of Drama + Cognitive Psychology and is in Spanish with English surtitles and runs approximately 75 minutes long without intermission.

View a selection from Scene 1 and the beginning of Scene 2 recorded live June 22, 2014:

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Ignacio García-Bustelo (Man)

César Orozco (Pianist)

Luz Nicolás (Woman)

 

 

 

Read and hear about Última Partida in The HUB and The Baltimore Sun and on WYPR!

 

METHODS & DATA

See Science article Cognitive Psychology Meets Art: Exploring Creativity, Language, and Emotion Through Live Musical Improvisation in Film and Theatre