Joe Travers Directs Fight Scenes in 'Counting Sheep'
December 10, 2017
Counting Sheep "is a deeply personal retelling of the Maidan revolution in Ukraine, an immersive Ukrainian folk-opera set to the sounds of Canada's beloved guerilla-folk party-punk band, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The 12-member cast envelops audience members in this historic time period, as they perform moments of revolution amongst three large screens projecting real-life news coverage and found-footage of the revolution that began in 2013” says the show description.
The show was created by Lemon Bucket Orkestra leader, Mark Marczyk and his wife, Marichka Marczyk, and is inspired by their own experiences in the Maidan. The show was first workshopped at the St. Vladimir Institute in February 2015 followed by a development period of sold-out shows at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in August, 2015. It then saw a second sold-out show in May/June, 2016, in Toronto and was the smash success of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can get your tickets for this unique experience here
As a fight director, Joe has created hundreds of fights, stunts and action sequences, from fistfights and duels to brawls and battles, on stage and on screen. Recent work includes the Off-Broadway premiers of Max Vernon's The View Upstairs and Billy Porter's While I Yet Live. On Broadway, he served as fight director for Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers. He also staged the violence for the New York premieres of Adam Rapp’s Essential Self -Defence, Sara Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and the U.S. premiere of Ethel Smyth's 1906 opera, The Wreckers. His work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, Irish Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, abroad at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company.