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REVIEW BY BEN BRANTLEY
NEW YORK TIMES AUGUST 24TH 2013
‘A PRECISION-TOOLED PERFORMANCE BY EMILY GARDNER HALL…
Ms. Hall gives natural life to Kali’s extreme, lacerating ambivalence. This young performer is remarkably smooth in conveying spikiness...
Todd and Kali are dancing fools and their range of movement swings wide. Sometimes they skip about as blithely as Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain,” but their natural form would seem to be the apache dance, with its all-out brutality.
[They] make us believe that from the moment they met, everything Todd and Kali have done has been charged with dangerous contradiction.’
Emily Gardner Hall plays the Snow Queen in SNOW QUEEN, a play with music for adults and children set in the Appalachian mountains. Adapted by Preston Lane from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, with bluegrass-inspired music by Laurelyn Dossett. World premiere: Triad Stage, Greensboro, NC.
REVIEW GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD
'EMILY GARDNER HALL AS THE SNOW QUEEN CAPTIVATES THEATERGOERS WITH HER IMMENSE TALENT AND PRESENCE. HALL’S VOCALS DELIGHT WITH EVERY NOTE SHE SINGS...
'Take caution to the imminence of winter, for a gentle snowfall — alluring as it may be — is the perfect canopy for rage. Especially so at the hands of a scornful queen, where the blistering and unforgiving chill freezes to the bone, and without prudence, goes straight to the heart.'
Read the full review at Greensboro News & Record.
Long Darkest Night
"One small boy tucked away in her mantle of white…"
Otherwise known as the Ballad of the White-Tail Stag, this gorgeous song of winter and twinkling guitars led Gertie to the Snow Queen's ice palace and the final part of her journey.
All songs by Laurelyn Dossett. Guitar: Scott Manring (all), Ben Singer ("Long Darkest Night"). "Long Darkest Night" and "Winter" produced by Ben Singer.
Winter of Ten Thousand Years
"I rise / Wrought by the wind of your fear…"
Laurelyn Dossett wrote this song specifically for my voice after I was cast as the Snow Queen. For an idea of what it was like to watch this in the show, listen to this song and imagine the Snow Queen rising three feet into the air in a billowing cloud of dry ice.
"She knows nothing but snow as slowly she lowers you down..."
As the Snow Queen, I appeared to Cade singing this song in a densely falling blizzard of snow and wind and dry ice, gliding in on a crew-manned slip so that the audience wouldn't see me touch the ground. I wore the white satin pelisande and icicle crown pictured above, trimmed with white ostrich feathers.
Emily co-wrote and co-devised this piece designed for TYA at Barn Arts Collective in Maine with Olivia Gilliatt, Marina McClure, Brian Bock, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Fry, and Emma Zakes Green.
Emily played Ann, the gold-digging ironmonger's daughter, and Mrs. Wilson, the penny-pinching gaoler's wife, in RESTORATION by Edward Bond. Music by Pete Atkin, directed by Mark Wing-Davey.
Emily played Laura in this classic play by Tennessee Williams, directed by Shana Solomon.
Emily Gardner Hall played Sonia in the world premiere of FREEDOM HOUSE by Anna Moench, a play about what happens to a group of fresh college graduates in an apocalypse, or WTSHTF (that's survivalist speak for "when the shit hits the fan"). The play was conceived in collaboration with the cast.
Emily played Chikako, the nightclub singer/guitarist, and the Woman of the Snow (Queen of Snow) in this wild US-Japan exploration of the sci-fi fantasy world and what it means for us little humans.
Emily Gardner Hall played Anya in The Cherry Orchard, in a new version by Carol Rocamora. Directed by Victor Pappas, the cast returned to the orchard once a year for three years (an idea termed "The Utopian Project" by Chair of NYU Grad, Mark Wing-Davey).
Directed by Niegel Smith.
Emily played Miss Constance Neville and Mrs. Hardcastle in Goldsmith's 1776 comedy SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, directed by Scott Alan Evans.
Emily played Ann in Arthur Miller's classic play, directed by Ken Washington.