director | dramaturg | producer

Touch

by Toni Press-Coffman

New Leaf Theatre | Winter 2009

This script sat on my bookshelf for years before I read and fell in love with it. Characters that instantly found their ways into my heart and my head, challenges of moving back and forth through time and space, and imposing show-opening monologue were just the beginning of this journey.

Touch brought about a good deal of the vocabulary most important to my processes - the ideas of establishing the laws of physics of a play and its world, of looking for where the characters are in charge of their storytelling and where they start to lose control. this was also the first production with which I experimented with Viewpoints as a means of establishing a shared vocabulary and strong sense of ensemble.
photos by Lindsay Theo
FEATURING
Matthew Gottlieb
Dan Granata
Kristina Johnson
Jacqueline Stone

COLLABORATIVE TEAM
Stage Manager: Amanda Frechette
Asst. Director: Melissa Pryor
Sound Designer: Nick Keenan
Production Manager: Marni Keenan
Lighting Designer: Jared Moore
Scenic Designer: Michelle Lilly
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski
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"Using their patented three-ingredient house recipe, New Leaf’s artists yet again demonstrate their facility with actors, lights and sound."
- Christopher Piatt | Time Out Chicago
"...sensitive, detailed performances from its cast of four."
- Zac Thompson | Chicago Reader