Of Green Gables Original Devised Production
direction, sound, and projections by Shelby Lewis
for Interlochen Arts Academy
devised by The Kindred Spirits, a cast of IAA students
lights by Quin Olsen
Based on "Anne of Green Gables" | Incorporating abstract movement,
darker elements of the author's life, improvised songs, and original poetry
DIRECTOR'S NOTE
 
Anne Shirley is at her essence a mix of epic wonder, fierce curiosity, and unrelenting hope. Her blatant optimism and large feelings have captured the hearts of generations—including a new generation through this production. No one in the cast knew the story of “Anne of Green Gables” before beginning this process. With fresh eyes and open hearts, this group of kindred spirits has innovated pieces of the classic novel using a European choreographic theatre technique while drawing from relevant personal experiences in their own lives. The ensemble was also compelled by the quietly tragic existence led by the book’s author Lucy Maud Montgomery—who preferred to be called Maud, “without an E.” She was married to a man afflicted with a psychological disease, actively resisted the systemic oppression of women in the late Victorian Era, and personally battled chronic depression. In the United States, mental illness affects one in five people, and 50% of mental illness begins by age 14. Through this production, we strived to honor the journey of Maud and others going through similar challenges while maintaining the presence and potency of Anne’s enduring light. The poetry with which she sees the world has truly changed ours. By providing a topical context for the pastoral novel, we can take comfort in knowing we are all of Green Gables.
Of Green Gables