Victor Frange Presents Gas

Presented at the Incubator Arts Project, NYC
Directed by Sarah Krohn
Sound Design and Original Music, Erik T. Lawson

Amateur scholar Victor Frange presents an original adaptation of Georg Kaiser's 1918 expressionist play Gas 1, using the energy created from a treadmill and stationary bicycle to provide power to the stage. Part documentary-style theater, part adaptation, and largely ridiculous, Victor Frange Presents Gas is a quest to find a productive artistic response to humanity’s voracious and unsustainable appetite for all things energy related. 

The collaborative design team devised a visual and aural palette inspired by human-powered rhythms and repurposed materials. The scenic and costume designs were created by sourcing and artfully arranging recycled products and environmentally conscious equipment. Additionally, the lighting and media designs used contemporary fixtures augmented by found-objects and discarded electronic devices. 

The sound design and musical score explores the circular and recycled exchange of energy. The score is composed from cyclical generators, sine waves, marimbas, resonant bowls, and vibrating objects processed by abstraction systems promoting rhythmic energy exchange.

Selections from the score:

 

Play by Dan O'Neil
Choreography, Katie Rose McLaughlin
Scenic Design, Bryce Cutler and Patrick Rizzotti
Video Design, Bart Cortright
Costume Design, Mel Kier
Lighting Design, Ken Wills