Faith Healing (1993)

Faith Healing is an original dance/theater piece that takes the story line of Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie as its point of departure. The company’s approach to the play is a distillation of elements, focusing on the musicality and rhythm of language, the telling psychology of movement and the visualization of fantasy.

Premiere: PS 122, New York City followed by Off-Broadway run at Classic Stage Company – 1993

Direction: Jane Comfort
Choreography: Jane Comfort and Company
Text: Tennessee Williams, Jane Comfort and members of the Company
Music: Richard Landry, Brooks Williams
Sets and Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting Design: David Ferri

Cast
Laura: Nancy Alfaro
Amanda: Mark Dendy
Tom: Scot Willingham
Gentleman Caller: David Neumann

Funding: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

“Overjoyed at Comfort’s achievement, I wonder what it portends when the downtown dance hit of the year is a play”

– The Village Voice

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"The five performers who make up the cast of Faith Healing are all gifted dancers. But the theater-dance piece by Jane Comfort also reveals what extraordinary actors they are."

-- The New York Times

"Faith Healing" stretches the limits of what is customarily meant by dance or drama to achieve a truly new form: a physicalized version of the play…The performances are smashing"

-- The Washington Post