Ladies and Gentlemen, We Proudly Present Joshua Ellison, Director


As we move forward to our second weekend of ..Julia Pastrana.., we took some time to chat with Joshua Ellison, new Tympanic Company Member and director of the show.


How did you get involved?

 I got involved by bothering Dan Caffrey and Chris Acevedo, almost every day once we announced that we were doing [this piece]. They finally allowed me to direct it.

 What challenges do you face, as a director, on a piece that takes place totally in the dark?

 It’s kind of fun, actually. I hadn't really thought of it as a challenge until you put it that way. This aspect of the play really allowed us to focus on the really important parts of the action and themes. Conveying these will be more difficult without sight, but I think we are up to it.

 What do you think is gained for the audience in "seeing" a show that is in pitch black?

 It's a totally different experience. It really allows for an immersive production. We have been rehearsing in the dark for a few weeks now and watching the play and being in the dark for so long is sort of a spiritual experience. Everything seems to fall away and you can focus, very specifically, on one aspect. I hope people enjoy the clarity and simplicity of this.

Though this play takes place in a fairly distant past, what themes do you think resonate for audiences today?

I don't really feel that we are that far removed from the time period that Julia lived in. She was just buried a few years ago. The play discusses her exploitation and the culture that encourages this type of abuse. This certainly hasn't gone away. We are much closer to this then we want to admit to ourselves.

In five words or less, why should people come see ..Julia..?

You have to.


Get $5 off all tickets for this Thurs, Oct 3, and Sun, Oct 6, when you purchase online and use the promo code BLACKOUT.  Tickets available here!

Or join us Wed, Oct 9, for our industry night performance, and get your tickets for $12!

The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in theWorld

By Shaun Prendergast Directed  by Joshua Ellison

Sept 26 – Oct 20 Thurs – Sun, 8pm Berger Park Coach House 6205 N Sheridan Rd (near Granville Red Line)