My Sudden Sight Productions announces the world premiere of Depth Perception, a recent addition to the 2018 Atlanta Fringe Festival. Set in the aftermath of health trauma, triggered by a rare disease and drug interaction, writer/director Alex Carter was left scarred and half-blind.
In this autobiographical drama, she uses Shakespearean traditions of poetry, verse, song and comedic interplay to tell her story. Depth Perception is performed by a diverse cast at the International Montessori Academy from June 7-10, with tickets available at the door or via AtlantaFringe.org.
“When I was in a dark place following a series of horrendous events, I began writing as a way to get the insanity that was my daily life out of my brain.” -Alex Carter, Atlanta Fringe Festival Buzz Interview
In Depth Perception, a modified Greek chorus voices the thoughts and emotions of its mask-wearing main character, Maxine, portrayed by veteran stage and screen actor Tenaya Cleveland. Cleveland, who co-produces the show with Carter, has performed in local theatre productions Lasso of Truth and Shakespeare on Draught, as well as Fran Burst’s Atlanta-based film, The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle, and television shows such as The Vampire Diaries and MacGyver.
“This is the kind of story that actors dream about being part of,” says Cleveland, “I think I speak for the whole cast when I say we feel deeply responsible for telling Alex’s story in a way that translates her experience, while engaging the audience and leaving them with a sense of compassion, hope, and a maybe even a new glimpse into living with chronic illness.”
Depth Perception was a last-minute addition to the Atlanta Fringe Festival lineup, accepted just 4 weeks before the festival. Undaunted, the cast and production team hit the ground running, determined to do Carter’s story justice.
Cleveland is joined onstage by a cast of diverse backgrounds, including seasoned performers Rykie Elizabeth Belles, a musician at festivals across the U.S., and Lucas Ryan, veteran Atlanta improv actor. A master of classical Indian dance, Nirvi Shah Bhargava is best known for her appearance on Good Girls. Breezy Sharp and Sarah Hitzel both hail from indie film. Sharp also appeared on NBC’s America’s Untold Journey; Hitzel starred in the local web series Dice Lords. Charlie Monroe recently performed in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor with Act3 Productions. Carter appears at the beginning and end, bookending her tale.
Part of the 6th Annual Atlanta Fringe Festival
Presented by My Sudden Sight Productions
Produced by Alex Carter and Tenaya Cleveland
Written and Directed by Alex Carter
International Montessori Academy
1240 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
June 7 at 11:00 pm, June 9 at 2:00 and 9:30 pm, and June 10 at 5:00 pm