The Making of The White Dress
The White Dress was conceived by Roger Q. Mason from his senior thesis project while earning Northwestern University’s MFA in Writing for Screen + Stage. For Northwestern’s Graduate Showcase, Mason explored silence and delayed narrative pacing as storytelling tactics for the piece.
Seeking to further the play’s narrative devices, Mason used a reading at the Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival to lace the script with a movement score and stage directions to be read and performed by the cast as part of the script.
After another reading at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, Mason discovered that there would be three different modes of expression: the truth - who the characters are when they confess themselves in stage directions/narration; the lie - who they perform each other to be in dialogue; and the sublime - the inexplicable self which is shown through the body.
In November 2017, Mason presented a sold-out showcase of the play through the Araca Project, directed and choreographed by Adin Walker. That rendition was attended by such NYC notables as Condola Rashad and Sara Ramirez.
Now, The White Dress returns to New York for its muscular world premiere in July 2019.
January 2017 - Kraine Theatre, NYC, Staged Reading
November 2017 - Araca Project, NYC, Workshop Production
June 2017 - Northwestern University, Showcase Reading (Excerpt)
- March 2017 - Bootleg Theater, LA, Staged Reading