When a reclusive mother and daughter’s trailer park is doomed to destruction for the sake of a new highway, Anna Bella conjures a friend out of mud, Anna Bella Eema. A spoken-and-sung three-character ghost story, ANNA BELLA EEMA is a supernatural adventure filled with vampires, police chases and the fierce complexities of the mother/daughter bond.
Featuring: Cassie Beck*+, Danielle Levin, Julie Kurtz
Scenic Design: Melpomene Katakalos+
Costume Design: Wendy Lynn
Light Design: Jarrod Fischer+
Sound Design: Cliff Caruthers+
Stage Manager: Alycia Dymond
Props Design/Assistant Stage Manager: Kathleen Schumacher
Master Carpenter: R. Dean Bunderson
Scenic Intern: Madalyn Rokisky-Ring
Graphic Design: Julie Baum+ and Erin Gilley+
“American gothic meets classic horror story gothic, with more than a little “Call of the Wild” mixed in, as a trailer-park mother-daughter coming-of-age story in “Anna Bella Eema,” the outstanding new production from Crowded Fire Theater Company.
D’Amour’s blithely poetic script transforms its literary and pop-culture gothic elements into unexpectedly moving dramatic gold. In Novick’s sure-handed staging and the mesmerizing performances of Beck, Levin and Kurtz, “Eema” is a stunning act of theatrical alchemy.” Rob Hurwitt, SF Chronicle