Electric Eye Ensemble is up and running! It’s been a crazy trip over the last few months, but we have an incredible team and I couldn’t be more excited to begin the journey together. For our maiden voyage we will be working on a show about three young women going on a road trip across America. We’re collaborating with some incredible actors and an all-star production team, both composed completely of WOMEN. That’s right, for this show the entire cast and crew will be female.
Coming from a female dominated college, I always worked with a lot of women on shows, but sometimes it seemed like it was something people regretted instead of embracing (ex: “whyyy aren’t there more good male actors at this school?!”) With this show we are embracing it all the way. We are building the show together from our own thoughts and experiences, asking one another, “what does travel mean to us as young American women and how has it influenced our identities?”
Around the 1950’s and 60’s a genre of literature developed that stamped itself upon the identity of many American men. It was the Road Trip Novel. Think of Sal from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Think of the freedom and power he experienced while traveling! Where are the women heroes of these stories? Nowhere! They just didn’t exist.
We seek to change this, to claim ownership over that traditionally male narrative, offering women of the 1960’s a sense of place within motion, and women of the 21st century a rootedness within transience. We seek to build a new travel myth for women. And so my collaborators and I will ask ourselves, our friends, our mothers and our sisters: How does it feel to travel a long distance? Do you travel alone or with friends? Is it freeing? Is it stressful? Is it an obligation, a rebellion, a chore? Together, we will put down in writing (and voice and movement), women’s presence on the road, so that it can no longer be forgotten or glanced over by ourselves and our culture.
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