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The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry Concrete Temple Theatre

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Production design support for The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York. The development of The Bellagio Fountain has been Known to Make Me Cry has been made possible through the support of New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the A.R.T./New York. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We began creating The Bellagio Fountain has been known to Make Me Cry with the support of a Dixon Place Artist Residency, December 2012 and continued its development fall 2014 with the support of a Hudson Opera House Artist Residency. A very special thanks to Set Shop for proving art and artists matter!

About the show

Scratching lottery tickets and dreaming of fountains in Las Vegas, two Floridians indulge in fantastic plans of escape, while a minor problem unfolds: the ground is sinking beneath them. The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry, intertwines two divergent narratives through classic visual performance art in an earnest object-theatre examination of relationships, family, and the environment. Pairing women and water as metaphors for one another, the play explores themes of conservation and regeneration, and at its heart, our eternal quest for happiness.


Written by Renee Philippi
Co-directed by Eric Nightengale and Renee Philippi
Designed by Carlo Adinolfi
With Original Music composed by Joseph C. Phillips Jr.

Carlo Adinolfi (Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities at SoHo Playhouse & HERE, The Whale at Barrow Street Theatre), Heinley Gaspard (Steps), Melissa Hurst (Cause Celeb! at Joe’s Pub, One Neck with Atlantic Theatre Co.), Lisa Kitchens (Everything You Touch at Rattlestick, Napoli! at American Conservatory Theater) and Brianna Seagraves (A Train at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival).

Production Team:
Lighting Design by Eric Nightengale
Production Stage Management by Casey McLain

Photo by Stefan Hagen