White Noise - June 2012
Tom Block's first play White Noise follows an African-American painter whose work is based on spiritual themes, as he travels to Detroit for an art exhibit of his work. At first calm, mature and erudite, Tim meets a seemingly normal cast of characters, who are volunteers with the church arts committee where Tim is to exhibit his paintings.
However, the increasingly bizarre and hostile interactions tweak at his interior demons. Tim struggles with and then succumbs to his own fixations, as a scantily-clad Simone Weil, a historical figure that metastasizes as a figment of his own imagination, closes in on him. Having abandoned true faith, Tim grasps for "faith in faith," and in the end finds dubious understanding, alone in a bathroom.
White Noise received numerous readings, including at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010) and the Kennedy Center's (DC) "Page to Stage" Theater Festival (2010).
White Noise was produced in conjunction with the exhibit of Tom Block's most recent artwork, two large-scale paintings (6' x 25' each) which visually represent the psychic experience of Tim, as he descends from the erudition of his public image into the reality of his spiritual confusion.
LILAC: Karen V. Lawrence
DICK: Josh Canary
JOAN: Gigi Buscaglio
TIM: Jeff Kirkman III
SALLY: Tina Thomas
SIMONE WEIL: Lauren Kieler
CELLIST: Desiree Miller
DIRECTOR: Roselie Vasquez-Yetter
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER: Sam Basa
LIGHTING DESIGN: Josh Canary