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The Foundry Theatre
140-142 2nd Ave, Suite 405
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777 - 1444

Deviant Craft


Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage

Directed by

Mr. Snow runs the drama therapy group at a (fictional) reformatory known as The Phlogiston Foundation, a unique facility for women who've been convicted of violent crimes, but who have remarkable aptitudes in science, technology and art. The Phlogiston Foundation routinely parades their 'successes' before the public, often in high profile civic venues (such as The Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage.) Tonight, the audience arrives expecting to see the inmates perform The Tempest, but their performance is delayed when the wrong costumes and props arrive. What arises from this mishap will forever alter the course of The Tempest, the prisoners’ lives and our own notions of creativity.

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Written by W. David Hancock
Directed by Melanie Joseph

Performed by Doris Difarnecio, Venida Evans, Dor Green, Pamela Gray, Jim Himelsbach, Lee Nagrin, Molly Powell, Ching Valdes-Aran
Set & Lights: Teddy Jefferson

Costumes:  Doey Luethi
Sound Design/Composer:  David Van Tieghem
Vocal Arrangements:  Grisha Coleman
Production Stage Manager:  N. Bonnie Reese


 Founded in 1945 by Dr. Horace Milkman, a pioneering Yale psychologist who spent the better part of a century trying to establish a link between violence and creativity, The Phlogiston Foundation enjoys unique partnerships with the private sector. Monsanto sponsors our genetics courses, the new computer center was built with a grant from General Dynamics, and our recent production of The Nutcracker was presented through generous support from The Disney Corporation.   – VO from Act 1 slide show

The primary function of the Phlogiston Foundation is not to teach the client to be creative.  The criminal mind is by its very nature creative. It is to produce productive members of society. What’s so remarkable about drama therapy is that it provides the prisoner with the hope of redemption. – Mr Snow, Act 1
Sometimes ghosts are a plume of smoke, sometimes a reflection of light in a window, sometimes they are simply a word thst keeps popping up in conversation and then disappears.  When you look at a ghost, it’s best to gaze slightly to one side – like you do when you’re looking at a star.  We appear brighter that way.  – The Ghost of Claire French, Act 2

Watching Hancock’s elaborate environmental piece, Deviant Craft, is like cutting into what looks like an ordinary cake and discovering it has twenty layers, each with a different flavor and consistency.  Don’t ask what kind of cake it is.  Just dig in.NEW YORK TIMES

Rigorously metaphysical …  rough magic has never been more raw, more visionary.