Under Construction

Premiere: 
March 2009

A collage of America today, inspired by Norman Rockwell and contemporary installation artist Jason Rhoades, Charles Mee’s play juxtaposes the Fifties and the present, red states and blue, where we grew up and where we live now—a piece that is, like America, permanently under construction.

systems/layers

Premiere: 
September 2004

A multidisplinary dance/theater piece that follows eight characters through one day in an urban environment. Louisville music ensemble Rachel’s composed the score and performed live.

Score

Premiere: 
March 2002

Score is a study of ecstasy, articulation and genius alive in the gloriously passionate relationship between Leonard Bernstein (as portrayed by Tom Nelis) and the music he encountered, played, conducted, wrote and loved.

Room

Premiere: 
November 2000

The play is about the room to move, the room to breathe, the room to imagine, emotional room, creative room.

Radio Macbeth

Premiere: 
February 2007

Radio Macbeth takes place late at night in the guts of an abandoned theater. Actors circle restlessly around the common shared warmth of a rehearsal table, moving through the bullet of Shakespeare’s briefest and perhaps most magnetic play. Around them, in the perimeter of the space, the ghosts of all previous productions hover and encroach. The spirits of ambition, violence, fortune, fate, free will, hubris, vengeance, pride, indecision, paradox, the eternal male-female conflict and madness flicker and glow. The actors cling to the sanity of words while the chaos of history grows to be undeniably present with them in the room.

Hotel Cassiopeia

Premiere: 
March 2006

The American artist Joseph Cornell made boxes filled with pocket watches, coiled springs, maps of the stars, a forest of thimbles, parrots, seashells, broken glass, children’s alphabet blocks, brightly colored balls, soap bubbles, whales’ teeth, a colored lithograph of the moon in the night sky, starfish. This piece, written by Charles L. Mee, is a sustained peek into the irrational, miniature, and magical world of Joseph Cornell.

Death and the Ploughman

Premiere: 
April 2004

How do we manage to live full and vibrant lives while death breathes down our neck? Death and the Ploughman, a hauntingly beautiful play written in Germany in 1401, awakens the complex mystery encased in this deeply disturbing question. A man loses his beloved wife in her prime and demands some answers for his ensuing pain. He asks Death to respond. The result is an extraordinarily contemporary exploration of what it means to be alive in the world.

Current Season

“Watching this company at work cracked my head open and revealed to me the limitless possibilities of theater and the actor’s craft. SITI embodies an integrity, rigor, intelligence and virtuosity rarely seen on any stage.” —Jefferson Mays, actor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Premiere: 
January 2004

SITI’s first adventure with Shakespeare is born in the land of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, a place of migration and poverty, stark yet beautiful, full of yearning and dreams.

Café Variations (Large Version)

Premiere: 
April 2012

A series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love and identity cast Gershwin classics in a new light in this unabashedly romantic celebration of café culture.

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