by daniel alexander jones. world premiere. premiered: soho rep, nyc. october 2016. directed by will davis. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: oana botez. lights: solomon weisbard. sound: elisheba ittoop. music direction: trevor bachman. with new music by: samora pinderhughes, bobby halvorson, jomama jones. photography: julieta cervantes, sam horvath.
"The stage (designed by Arnulfo Maldonado) is surrounded by card catalogues, and this chapter is radiant with young Jones's love of libraries, where women guided him to crucial works of Black history and art. The action of archive-keeping is here both holy and delightfully profane: Colimon is also recording a mix-tape, a love letter to an unnamed schoolmate. The younger Jones, to judge by the writing, was florid. “Skin is our first garment,” Colimon murmurs into his tape deck microphone. Jones blushes and hides behind a Diana Ross record." -- on DUAT, Time Out New York.
"For 'Duat' — the title refers to the Egyptian realm of the dead — the Connelly has been transformed into what feels like an old-fashioned public school library, replete with gleaming wooden card catalog cabinets. (Arnulfo Maldonado did the environmental sets)." -- on DUAT, The New York Times.
"Set designer Arnulfo Maldonado accentuates the intimacy of the piece by packing the hallways to the theater with tall file cabinets and card catalogues, conjuring an overstuffed library. Maldonado artfully exploits the eccentricities of the Connelly Theater (especially the side doors in the proscenium) to suggest Jones' cozy childhood home...Everything feels safe and inviting." -- on DUAT, Theatermania.