Avalon is a one-of-a-kind site-specific theatrical event created by playwright-performer Melody Bates and sculptor Peter Beerits, in collaboration with Opera House Arts. Inspired by Arthurian and Celtic legends, it is both a traditional play and an unscripted, immersive “wander” through the world of Avalon and King Arthur. The play takes a page from shows like Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More,” but seeks to land somewhere new: a spectacular encounter with the story of Avalon, with Beerits’s multi- acre woodland art installation of Nellieville as the stage for the play.
Prior to my work in Maine, I was up at the Detroit Repertory Theatre as 'Selwyn Tate' in Jeffry Chastang's Midwest Premiere of Dauphin Island, directed by Leah Smith. Recently, I also performed as 'Simon' in Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, with the Endstation Theatre and directed by Mace Archer, at a site specific location in Lynchburg, VA. Other projects include filming Broken Television Entertainment's Memoirs of Wroth City, as 'Bromongo Shegnikov,' and Little Red Wagon's Trailer Park Princess, as 'Mongrel.'
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Jonathan West Headshot, by Lauren Eliot Photography