Project: There and Back
Production: Ground Floor Theatre
Location: Ground Floor Theatre, Austin, TX
Direction: Patti Neff
Text: Raul Garza
Set: Ia Ensterä
Lighting: Natalie George
Costumes: Pam Friday
Sound: Lowell Bartholomee
Photography: Kenneth Gall
"Technical aspects of the production are excellent... Ia Ensterä's chicken-coop-turned-shanty is evocative, and the looming irregular construction of enormous ladders across the back of the stage suggests work sites, menacing scaffolds and the threatened border wall."
"This deep-striking sense of dislocation is one of the first conveyances of There and Back, assisted mightily by Ia Ensterä’s exploded set, centered on the aforementioned avian shelter... The design fields sparkle in this play, greatly facilitating the magical realism of the story and influencing our perceptions and impressions. In addition to the built-out chicken coop, Ia Ensterä lines the back of the set with looming ranks of fruit-picking orchard ladders, the ramshackle kind field owners hammer together on site and stack on the property in the off season. At once they symbolize the orchard trees in the abstract and the prison bars of the mind and body that confine the laborers and suppress their ambitions. Victor climbs on one of them to address an assembled crew of fruit pickers (in effect, the audience), but he never makes it all the way to the top."