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The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, California 90290
STOP-MOTION by Liz Kerin
Directed by Gloria Iseli
Terra Dray, Dramaturg
After a decade of living in her childhood home caring for her disabled mother, a reclusive animator is forced to look at the fractured pieces of her youth – and the risks of moving forward in life – in the aftermath of a tragic accident.
With Caroline Bloom, Maya Brattkus, Corryn Cummins, D.J. Harner, Jordan Klomp, Christopher Wallinger & Natalie Beisner
STOP-MOTION is the first of Seedlings Summer Playreadings, Sundays August 20 & 27. theatricum.com/seedlings/events/
Playreadings are FREE — Join us for refreshments, meet the artists and become part of the new play process!
Made possible by a generous grant from the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.
From the playwright: STOP-MOTION is a tragicomedy inspired by true events I’ve experienced in my own family. It deals with loss, isolation, and the different ways we perceive people with disabilities. It’s about how members of the same family who might have experienced the exact same traumatic event often have unexpected coping mechanisms that are entirely different from one another. It’s also very much a coming-of-age story about a young woman who's unwittingly surrounded herself with people who won’t let her grow up. I love coming-of-age stories because they can happen at pretty much any life stage—they’re not just for teenagers! We’re always coming into new phases as we age. While the characters in STOP-MOTION are definitely inspired by my own family, I’ve never been one to write in a strictly autobiographical sense. I need a good amount of distance between my personal history and my characters. What’s been so exciting about this development process is how comfortable I feel conveying my own experiences while also feeling confident that I can step back and allow these characters to be who they need to be.
I like to say that I came into this world as a playwright, but then filmmaking swept me off my feet like a college boyfriend who completely rocks your worldview (but also maybe really messes with you). After 6 years of living in LA and working in Film/TV, I’ve been missing the theatre like crazy. I started working on the script for “Stop-Motion” a few years ago, and I was well aware that it would be my most personal piece of work to date. I knew when the time came to do its first workshop and staged reading, I would need to be surrounded by a really nurturing creative community who could help me re-immerse in the world of theatre after such a long absence. I couldn’t be more thankful to have Jennie Webb and the Botanicum Seedlings team on my side, and I was so excited to get the news that they’d be the ones mounting the play’s very first workshop.