Synetic Theater has built their artistic identity on arresting visuals, stunning physicality, and frequently audacious wit and creativity in storytelling.
All of these elements came into play when I stopped by a rehearsal for their upcoming production of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The scene they were rehearsing surrounds the creation of the supernaturally-powerful portrait of the work’s title. The performers had already worked on choreography for this scene, but, stripped to bathing suits and dealing with the physical reality of cold, viscous paints for the first time, everyone learned a bit more about what this scene would take from (and take out of) them.
All photos by Ryan Maxwell
The Picture of Dorian Gray opens September 26th at the Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA. Details and tickets.