A Ship Remembers

June-July 2003

Artship, formerly the passenger cargo ship Del Orleans, was renamed USS Crescent City and served as a Troop Transport/Combat vessel in WWII. It carried on average 1300 men on board every day throughout the war. That is roughly, 898,000 men.

A Ship Remembers is an attempt at staged "reminiscences", a poetic reconstruction of sailors personal "memory images". It is set in 1944 in the lull before a major battle and the battle's aftermath. Outwardly the play is all about the men on board — ordinary men caught up in the world's history. As a tribute m the "invisible histories" of their inner lives, the play mines fantasies, fears and dreams, and delicately explores the conspicuous absence of the feminine in the all-male societies of ships in the 1940s.

The performance is staged in close collaboration with the cast co-written (and wrought) with Jakob Bokulich. Conceived, directed, choreographed, Slobodan Dan Paich.

Evolved at "Total Theater-Open Rehearsals" of Artship Dance/Theater throughout 2001. 02, 03. Musical director and Cello accompaniment by Suellen Primost.

Ship Remembers, Oakland CA 2003
Ship Remembers, Oakland CA 2003

Ship Remembers, Oakland CA 2003
Ship Remembers, Oakland CA 2003

Ship Remembers, Oakland CA 2003

Gallery

From performances held in cargo hold #1, the 3 story space offering multiple viewing and performing areas.