Paul Bargetto co-directed Auto da Fe with International WOW Director Josh Fox at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in January and February 2009. Playwright Masataka Matsuda’s creates a haunting and surreal vision of a society digging through the aftermath of apocalyptic destruction. A soldier named Odysseus A returns from war to find the emotional and physical landscape of his home utterly altered and unrecognizable.
The play originally produced in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, to much popular and critical acclaim, is a dreamscape of collective amnesia, life during wartime, the self conscious erasure of history and national identity, and a search for meaning and beauty.
The piece was made with Dramaturg Heather Denyer, Lighting Design Charles Foster, Producer Lee Gundersheimer, Set Design Nate Lemoine, Sound Design Julian Mesri, Stage Manager: Kate August, Costume Designer Cait O’Connor, and Executive Producer Don Guarnieri