The Orpheus Variations

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Inspired by the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld and contemporary theories on the neuroscience of memory, The Orpheus Variations collides cinema, theatre, and radio play vocabularies into an art house film both constructed and experienced in real time. The production is the first in a series of live cinema projects exploring relationships between live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology.

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Creative Team

Created collaboratively by the Company
Conceived and Directed by: Adam J. Thompson
Associate Director: Meghan E. Kennedy
Composer: Ryan Homsey
Media Design: Phillip Gulley
Scenic & Properties Design: Katie Fleming
Costume Design: Sydney Gallas
Sound Design: Andy Sowers
Associate Designers: Daniel Barbee, Michelle Persoff, Bina Santos
Production Stage Management: Dina Paola Rodriguez
Performance Ensemble: Jessica Annunziata, Jen Browne, Steven Conroy, Kathleen Piper Crosby, Amanda Dieli, Ryan Homsey, Robert Kitchens, Arielle Lever, Adrianna Mateo, Matt Nasser, Darryl Rahn, Chapman Riedel

Performance History

Theater at the 14th Street Y, NYC, February 4 – 14, 2015

INCOMING! Series, Co-Presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and La MaMa, NYC, January 10, 2015

HERE Arts Center, NYC, June 27 – 30, 2014

Magic Futurebox, NYC, October 19 – 28, 2013

IRT Theater, 3B Development Series, NYC, February 5, 2012


I can’t remember the last time I was so captivated by a production… I truly can’t. NY Theater Now

Don’t call it theatre. Don’t call it film. Call it an experience, and whatever you do, just go!…[The Orpheus Variations is] one of the most evocative, stimulating, and astonishing experiences…any other experience cannot compare, or be as memorable. Theatre is Easy

The Deconstructive Theatre Project has developed a beautiful, affective, thought-provoking style of storytelling…the product is transportive. Show Business Weekly


  • Brooklyn Arts Council
  • The Friars National Association Foundation
  • The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of ART/NY
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Off Broadway Angels
  • The Puffin Foundation
  • Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
  • ART/NY Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation