About the Production
BLIND NESS: The Irresistible Light of Encounter is a multidisciplinary theater piece about Belgium’s brutal colonial exploitation of the Congo in the 19th Century and its reverberations into the present. Using text, movement, performance and puppetry, BLIND NESS intercuts the dramatic narrative of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, told through shadow puppetry, with the real-life figures of King Leopold II of Belgium, who acquired the Belgian Congo as a personal colony, and courageous activists, such as Roger Casement, Edmund Dene Morel, William Sheppard and others, who orchestrated one of the first global mass-media human rights campaigns to reveal and stop his abuses.
Production Team And Cast
Ping Chong and Michael Rohd
Ping Chong and Michael Rohd, developed in collaboration with Bobby Bermea, Jeff Randall, and Burke Walker
Set and Production Design
Steve Zapytowshki Sr.
Bobby Bermea, Jeff Randall, Michael Rohd, Burke Walker, Hollis Hayden Jr., Caleb Sekeres, Amanda Soden, Yolanda Davis, Kaitlyn Black, Angeline W. Burmeister, Grace Connolly, Leona Fabanich, Nick Horton, Ernie Gonzalez, David Jenkins, Terrell Richardson Jr. and Jennifer Rose
Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance, Kent, OH (April 2004)
La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (June 2004)
Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Program
The Jim Henson Foundation