The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte: Sheila Leggs
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The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte

Written by: T. Adamson, Blake Bishton, Simon de Carvalho, Eric Marlin,
Matthew Minnicino, Ran Xia, Emily Zemba, Laura Rose Zlatos

Creation and Direction: Tess Howsam

Assistant Direction: Molly Bicks

Costume Design: Matsy Stinson

Lighting Design: Sara Gosses

Sound Design: Carsen Joenk

Featuring art by: Ken Ard, Bibiana, Andrea Caldarise,
Lavinia Roberts, Sara Sciabbarrasi, Nick Stryker

Photography: Al Rodriguez and Ran Xia


“For Sale: one house, belonging to one René Magritte, surrealist, painter, philosopher, lover, cowboy, tree, and much more.  Swim on down to the open house, and enjoy a guided tour of the great man’s mind.  Run your fingers along the dust of his memories, appraise the net worth of his melancholy heart — with the aid of his wife, his lover, his wife’s lover, his mother, and a fish.  Inspired by the work of the surrealist painter, The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte will feature performance and installation set in an 8 room mansion on Governors Island.  An original and mesmerizing experience, The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte was created and directed by Tess Howsam and featured a team of eight playwrights, a multi-talented group of actors, and collaborations with other Governors Island resident organizations –  Billion Oyster Project & Creative Movement.  Exquisite Corpse is happy to hold your hand as you take a dip, then a dive, then a plunge into The Enchanted Realm of, well, you know who.”
Description from Exquisite Corpse Company

“a surreal dreamscape magnifying the life and times of René Magritte. It is imaginatively stylized and energetically performed”
Blog Critics

“The art direction deserves a standing ovation for the ingenious design of the house’s eight rooms. Those visuals guide the audience just as much as the dialogue.”
–   Brooklyn Based, Regina Mogilevskaya