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Berchild is projection designer for Indiana Rep's ‘Miranda'

April 3, 2017

Indiana State University Associate Professor Chris Berchild is the projection designer for Indiana Repertory Theatre's thriller "Miranda," which follows a CIA operative working in the Middle East who's experiencing a mind-bending crisis.

"It's a pretty big coup, as they usually utilize New York designers for projection, but they reached out to me recently and I was able to showcase my work!" said Berchild, who is chair of the theater department.

This psychological riddle by award-winning playwright-in-residence James Still is on the IRT Upperstage stage (140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis) through April 23.

The play is about dedicated women and men who work in the Middle East to secure intelligence, weaves a layered tale of what happens as operatives become emotionally intertwined in the intimate lives of others.

"Miranda" completes Still's trilogy of plays about an American family that began with "The House that Jack Built" (IRT world premiere, 2012-2013), and continues with "Appoggiatura" in IRT's 2017-2018 season.

"If my trilogy of plays is about a family, then ‘Miranda' is about a family inside that family," said Still. "The more time I spent inside my own play, the more profoundly I understood the dedication of the women and men who commit to a life in the CIA."

The production is led by Director Henry Godinez, who believes this play is particularly relevant at this time. "This is a play about trust, people and nations, and explores how we overcome profound suspicion, hatred and fear," said Godinez. "‘Miranda' imagines the best of that which we are capable."

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