Elise Wien

Elise Wien

Plays

  • Craters or the making of the making of the moon landing
    Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing.
    Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted...
    Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing.
    Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted attempt at creating the footage that would inspire the world. Craters is an exercise in fact-finding, (re)enactment, and the power of simulation.
  • Third Night
    1869—A Passover Seder in Columbia, S.C. among Confederate Jewry. A Cohen family reunion, a couple of runaways, light mutiny, and a whole lotta boat law. Third Night looks at the ways ritual is like theater (and vice-versa), the manifold meanings of exodus, and the cognitive disconnect of celebrating freedom in troubled times.