What: "Rebecca Furiosa."
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
A musical drama to be presented over five days at Barking Legs Theater involves a first-time collaboration by several area artists. Primary presenters of "Rebecca Furiosa" are the Shaking Ray Levi Society, Theater for the New South and the New Dischord Ensemble, but other individuals and organizations are involved as well.
"Rebecca Furiosa," with story and music by Tim Hinck, is a character study of a young woman, Rebecca, as she enters adulthood and struggles to find her place in her unusual family environment. The piece showcases five musicians (Chattanooga Symphony & Opera players and UTC faculty) who play Hinck's music live onstage while two dancers perform in front of a series of video projections created by local filmmaker Megan Hollenbeck.
Featured performers are Cayce Gearrin as Rebecca and Mary Sartain as Mother. The musicians are Daniel Lee (violin), Dr. Nikolasa Tejero (clarinet), Eddie McCrary (bassoon), Tyler Shepherd (string bass) and composer Hinck (electric guitar).
"This piece is very challenging to direct because so many artists are involved," said director Blake Harris. "We have dancers, actors, writers, filmmakers and musicians all collaborating together. It's wonderful to see it all coming together."
Hinck, founder of the New Dischord Ensemble, said he's been thrilled by rehearsals.
"I love watching what I have written come alive onstage. There's not another feeling like that in the world," he said. "Also, it's great to see so many artists take care of my work. It's evident that everyone in rehearsal loves and respects the artistic process."