Adoration of Dora
Winner, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, 2012; Reading, WSC Avant Bard Theatre, Arlington, VA, 2019; Production, KOLT Run Creations, Sacramento, 2015, dir. Kellie Raines; Production, Idiom Theatre, Bellingham, WA, 2015, dir. Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao; Production, University of Idaho, Fall 2011, dir. Robert Caisley; Reading, Moxie Theatre's Fighting Words Festival, San Diego, March 2010, dir. Jeffrey Weinckowsi; Reading, ATHE national conference, August 2012, dir. Jeannie Woods.
Adoration of Dora explores the nature of art and creativity through the story of surrealist photographer and one of Picasso’s many lovers, Dora Maar. Already an accomplished photographer when she and Picasso met in 1936, Maar is perhaps best known for being Picasso’s Weeping Woman, the subject of numerous portraits painted during and after the Spanish Civil War. Maar also photographed Picasso’s progress as he painted his anti-war masterpiece, Guernica. Adoration of Dora explores the conflict that Maar felt as both artist and muse to one of the most revered creative geniuses of the 20th century.
Cast size: 6 W.
"A smartly written and sophisticated play that juggles history and politics and drama so deftly it makes for a thrilling evening of theatre. I was as challenged by this play I was enthralled by it." -- Playwright and director Robert Caisley
Photos by Yuri Tajiri, Jolene Hanson, Tad Beavers & Alexiss Turner