Photo by Kacey Anisa Stamats

Photo by Kacey Anisa Stamats

The Door Was open

Based on paintings by Magical Realist Painter, Remedios Varo, The Door Was Open is like a darker surrealist Alice in Wonderland. Mae walks out of her school and finds herself in a house where the walls talk and move, where people roll around on wheels or fly through the air and the whole place could collapse at any moment.

The play is concerned with the wonders and perils of creativity and imagination. 


Through the generosity of the FCCA Flushing Town Hall Space Grant, Messenger Theatre Company was able to do Research and Development on this original play by Emily Davis. We’ve explored staging ideas, costumes, materials, choreography, characters and plot points. 

Phase 1 was completed on November 20th, 2016

Phase 2 will include readings with young people, further exploration of the text and design installations.


Research and Development team included: Leigh Akin, Almeda Beynon, Eva Burgess, Stacey Carlsen, Julia Cavagna, Emily Davis, Kaitlyn Day, Maureen Gonzalez, Emily Hartford, Elizabeth Mallinson, Sevrin Anne Mason, Julia O'Brien, Connie Rotunda, Stephanie Saywell, Danielle Thomsen, Brooke Turner, Colista Turner, Cesar Valderrama, Jill Van Note, Yvonne Wandera, Dana Weintraub, Jennifer Lynn Wilcox, Emily Wilson

Photos by Kacey Anisa Stamats, Emily Davis

Videos by Kacey Anisa Stamats, Alex Mercado