Refugia (2015)

An original idea developed by The Moving Company
Playwright: Steven Epp
Director: Dominique Serrand
Music Coordinator: Christina Baldwin

B. Iden Payne Theatre
February 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.
February 14-15 at 2:00 p.m.

Refugia: origin: Latin, literally "place of refuge;" an area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions.

Composed in five chapters, Refugia is an investigation into the lives of those who find themselves at the crossroads of transition, navigating life's margins. It explores humanity's constant state of passage - geographically, emotionally and physically, across those borders that only exist of our own creation. Cinematic, yet highly theatrical, this innovative work is an evocative and uplifting story of transformation. View the Refugia playbill.

"The largest number of refugees in history was recorded out of Syria last fall - I believe around 300,000 in just a few days. A small town in northern France has seen the number of refugees waiting to cross the channel equal the size of its resident population," shares director Dominique Serrand. "Populations of Sudan, Mali, Congo, Niger, Libya, and so on, are constantly on the move trying to save their lives. The first 15 years of the 21st century has been the most devastating years of any century around the globe in terms of wars and dislocation of communities around the world based on their religious, racial or ethnic background. Our show is not an illustration of these acts, but rather a poetic journey about the larger sense of refuge."

Refugia is created by Dominque Serrand, Steven Epp, Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin of The Moving Company, former members of the Tony Award-winning Theare de la Jeune Lune.

Refugia contains mature content, fog, smoke, loud noises and strobe effects.


KUT's In Perspective with Rebecca McInroy: Creators Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand discuss Refugia

The Austin Chronicle: Finding Refuge (February 2015)

The Austin Chronicle: Art Par Excellence: Refugia nominated for 2014-2015 Austin Critics' Table Award (May 2015)

The Austin Chronicle: Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015 (January 2016)

American Theatre: Refugia to be produced at renowned Guthrie Theatre (2016)