“Full of whimsical twists and grim surprises … This is crushing theater, hard and direct.”
– NRC Handelsblad, Netherlands
In December 2010, an armed man interrupted a routine meeting of the Bay District School Board in Panama City, FL. After a brief standoff, he opened fire on school board members at point blank range. He then turned the gun on himself, having injured no one else.
Dayna Hanson’s research of this event forms the basis of her evening-length dance theater work, The Clay Duke, which premiered in Dec. 2013 at On the Boards in Seattle. Hanson created the piece in collaboration with her ensemble cast during residencies at MANCC and at the Grand Theatre in Groningen, Netherlands, where it was presented in workshop form as part of Noorderzon Festival.
The Clay Duke (2013)
By Dayna Hanson
with Thomas Graves, Dayna Hanson, Wade Madsen, Peggy Piacenza, Dave Proscia and Sarah Rudinoff
Director: Dayna Hanson
Lighting: Dave Proscia
Sound: Dayna Hanson
Original Music: Linus Mumford, Dayna Hanson
Assistant Director: Jody Kuehner
Rehearsal Consultant: Paul Lazar
Production Manager: Dave Shelley
Production Assistant: Andalyn Young
Special thanks to Rebecca Duke
Produced by ArKtype and created with support from MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, MANCC, Noorderzon Festival, On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, West of Lenin, 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Behind the Scenes
Press and Interviews
- Florangela Davila. “Gun Violence Brings Us to Dance.”
Crosscut, December 5, 2013.
- Brendan Kiley. “The Soul of a Shooter.”
The Stranger, December 4, 2013.
- Gemma Wilson. “Guns, Unglorified in ‘The Clay Duke’”
City Arts, December 5, 2013.
- Jeremy G. Novak. “’The Clay Duke’ Reacts to Catastrophe.”
Seattle Met, December 2, 2013.
- KUOW: Dayna Hanson’s Clay Duke Tackles Gun Violence OtB.TV: Jim Kent interviews Dayna Hanson