IN DEVELOPMENT 2019

'DRAMAtis PERSONae' (persons of the drama) is a tragicomic series about actors in New York and the cast of characters that comes in and out of one's life.

These first few episodes are character portraits of people that the protagonist Lourdes encounters along the way. Inspired by elements of classic theater, this first season has underlying themes and parallels from The Lulu Plays by Frank Wedekind, a play in which Lourdes has been cast. The scripted series follows a rehearsal process that culminates in a live production of the play they are rehearsing.

BACKGROUND

Indian Summer (2016): a half hour pilot episode that served as a prequel and proof of concept for DRAMAtis PERSONae

The episode follows a day in the lives of four actors in New York, with parallels to the four main characters in Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.

"I often think, what if one were to begin life over again, knowing what one is about! If one life, which has been already lived, were only a rough sketch so to speak, and the second were the fair copy! Then, I fancy, every one of us would feel compelled not to repeat himself, at the very least to rearrange his manner of life." - Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters

We created 'Indian Summer' in the fall of 2015 with the intention for it to be a mini-series of a contemporary reimagining of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, following the four acts of the play. The episode follows a day in the lives of four actors in New York, with parallels to the four main characters in 'Three Sisters.' The episode premiered at Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on March 26, 2016.

"... a wonderful portrait of people that I feel like I know and also a world that seems foreign and familiar at the same time. [...] behind the comedy was a sincerity that expressed a period of life where we are silly, fragile, confusing, curious and meandering."

- Stephen Lee, Filmmaker

2016    →    2018

It was warmly received and featured in Vimeo's Curated Categories Channel under Comedy, Narrative, and Drama once released online in March 2016. 

The concept evolved into a series that explores themes and parallels from classic theatre in contemporary, scripted episodes in which each season will culminate in a live production of the play they are rehearsing. 

DRAMAtis PERSONae was part of the Official Selection of the Brooklyn Web Festival 2017 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP

In June 2017 we filmed five episodes that further the proof of concept for the series: Episodes I - V, now on Vimeo.

The series intends to reach an audience of theatergoers and non-theatergoers alike. The aim of the series is to have people who usually would not be interested in theater to become invested in these characters enough to want to see them in the live production of the play at the end of the season.

On set filming  Indian Summer  with Jacopo Messina (Sound), Carlos Valdes-Lora (Director of Photography), LeAnne Russell (Writer-Actor-Director-Producer) and Marissa Wilhelm (Actor). Photo by Janet Brown.

On set filming Indian Summer with Jacopo Messina (Sound), Carlos Valdes-Lora (Director of Photography), LeAnne Russell (Writer-Actor-Director-Producer) and Marissa Wilhelm (Actor). Photo by Janet Brown.

On set filming Episode III of  Dramatis Personae  with Director of Photographer Carlos Valdes-Lora, Actor E. James Ford and LeAnne Russell. Photo by James Wu. June 2017.

On set filming Episode III of Dramatis Personae with Director of Photographer Carlos Valdes-Lora, Actor E. James Ford and LeAnne Russell. Photo by James Wu. June 2017.