Etta and Ella on The Upper West Side

CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) RedCat, Los Angeles
Projection Design
Assistant Video Designer

One of the American theater’s seminal writers, Adrienne Kennedy captures the Black experience in America in the 20th century with a trademark embrace of symbolism, lyricism, and mythic figures. In this world premiere production, Etta and Ella Harrison are talented academics on the Upper West Side – as well as sisters and rivals. After a lifetime of competition, they are on the verge of destroying each other. Next-generation director Monty Cole employs a cinematic approach to this intricate blend of monologue, dialogue, voiceover, and prose in a work that is part experimental play, part narrative thriller.

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Writer | Adrienne Kennedy

Director | Monty Cole

Scenic Designer | Yuki Shiyu Ding

Lighting Designer | Claire Chrzan

Sound Designer | Clare Marie Nemanich

Video Designer | Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh

Assistant Video Designer | Wei-Fang Chang

Cinematographer | Akina Van De Veld

Costume Designer | Loren Weldon