Hole in the Sky
A World Premiere by Octavio Solis
Produced by Circle X Theatre at Courtship Ranch Lake View Terrace, CA
Photos by Jeff Galfer
Originally, this began as THE CHERRY ORCHARD PROJECT. I approached Octavio about doing an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard about my hometown. We interviewed around 30 people from my community and then Octavio went off to write. As he started crafting the piece, he realized that it needed to be something all of it’s own. The theme of cultural change and some character traits remained, but the play really became Octavio’s.
Siskiyou County Workshop
The workshop of Hole in the Sky in Siskiyou County in September 2017 was one of the most memorable theatrical experiences I have ever had. There is a weight to showing a play to the community it is based on, especially if that community is the one in which you spent the first 17 years of your life…AND especially if the play has a catestrophic fire and a wildfire is looming a few miles from your hometown…AND especially if your lead actress is poised at the top of a mountain pass ready either to cancel and run back to OSF to go on for an actor who has inhaled too much smoke or rush down into CA just in time for your reading.
The amount of time people generously spent with us was unbelievable! We interviewed local tribal members, farmers, ranchers, firefighters, government employees, biologists, ranchers, loggers, artists, and teachers. Their stories inspired Octavio and over the course of two years, he carved a script that captured the complexity an nuance of their lives.