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Before the End

This recorded presentation will be available for online viewing. Live Launch on April 22 at 7:00pm.

What separates humans from other animals? The ability to envision new worlds and bring them into being. Before the End explores the primordial drive to strive for utopia even as the world around us is falling apart. In this interactive film-theatre experience, audience members will journey through the brightest and darkest corners of human nature, guided by fantasies of a perfect world. This immersion into the life cycles of utopian experiments probes the boundary between culture and cult, individual and community, and creation and destruction.

Surely humankind must believe in something,
or at least seek the truth
Otherwise life is just empty, empty…
To live and not know why the cranes fly,
why children are born
why there are stars in the sky…
Either you must know why you live,
or everything is pointless.
-Masha, Three Sisters

You’re in charge of your own search for meaning
by clicking, you can chart your road to salvation
or descend into the abyss
as you explore the hidden corners of humanity.

This performance contains:

Depictions of alcohol, death, drowning, drug use, partial nudity, physical abuse, suffocation resulting in death, suicide, and violence as well as mentions of animal cruelty, nudity, rape, sexual acts, and sexual assault.  

Use of artificial gore, prop firearms, strobe lights, and vulgar language.

Cast

Vita Nova Society

Layla Ainsley Lillianna
Autumn Davis Kassandra
Katarina Fiallos Adrienne
Atlin Hofer Magnus
Anna Kopacek Lilith
Hanna Mulak Grace
Olivia Neary-Hatton Dawn
Kendelle Parks Siv
Christian Schepis Roan
Cameron Staffen Axel

Gateway Society

Ciaran Bailey Silas Brooks - Zero
Kole Durnford Lochlan - Romeo
Steven Hao Louis - Luciel
Desmond Lazar George - Fingers
Alexa Mastrogiacomo Isabelle Simp - Flicker
Robert Morrison Kurt Wilson - Fleece
Liam Mosher Taylor Evans - Marlin
Holly Scott-Black Liquid
Jenn Tan Mei
Jacob Willis Ted/Teddy - Sib
Ben Yoganathan Sabino - Gabriel
Ethan Zuchkan Martial Little - Sceptre
Elizabeth Dinkova leans agains a brick wall. She wears a red top, and removes pink sunglasses while smiling softly
Elizabeth Dinkova

Elizabeth Dinkova (she/her/hers) is an itinerant director, adaptor, and collaborative creator who explores alternative realities at the intersection of theater, film, and music in pursuit of social justice. She was born in Bulgaria and recently graduated from the MFA Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, where she served as a Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret and received the Julian Milton Kaufman prize for Directing. She was the 2017-18 Artistic Leadership fellow at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Recent projects include Cracking Zeus by Christopher Hampton for the Alliance Theatre's digital channel, the visual album TIT, inspired by Titus Andronicus, at 7 Stages, Rage, a play with music adapted from Stephen King, at Quinnipiac University, The Seagull at Serenbe Playhouse, and the opera Orfeo ed Euridice at Bel Cantanti Opera Company. She currently teaches directing at the University of California, Riverside.