Doghouse Ensemble Theatre
About the Production
I co-directed two productions of Mass Cycle: A Meditation on Cancer by Vanderbilt Theater Lab, music by Spencer Channell, and book revisions by Grace Montgomery was presented twice at the Phoenix Theatre, in Interlochen, MI. The first production was performed on April 30, 2016, and was then further revised. The revised production (featuring many of the same cast members) took place on May 25, 2016.
mass \ˈmas\ noun (massive) 1 a quantity or aggregate of matter usually of considerable size (a cancerous mass) 2 a large body of persons in a group (a mass of actors, musicians, or audience members) 3 capitalized: a church service or religious ceremony with fixed words (see: liturgy), especially as a sacrament of the Holy Communion; also: a musical setting for the text of the Mass
cy·cle \ˈsī-kəl\ noun (cyclical) 1 a set of events or actions that happen again and again in the same order; also: a set of regular and repeated actions that are done by a machine as part of a longer process 2 an interval of time during which a sequence of events or phenomena is completed (a 4-year cycle of growth and development; a life cycle) 3 a group of creative works (as poems, plays, or songs) centered on the same theme
Cancer, the aptly dubbed “emperor of all maladies,” impacts the lives of people both around the world and close to home. Inspired by a current Vanderbilt student’s battle with stage IV ovarian cancer and the stories of many others, Vanderbilt Theater Lab created Mass Cycle: A Meditation on Cancer, an original, collaborative theater piece.
In Mass Cycle, scenes of hope, fear, triumph, loss, love, and absurdity are presented through a wide variety of narrative lenses. We seek to examine some of the numerous, multifaceted, emotional and physical complications presented by this age-old condition we are collectively just beginning to understand.
Audience Feedback from Mass Cycle Performances