OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (NYU): Olivia Briggs as Ellen.
       
     
Olivia Briggs’ Ellen tries to connect in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Tori Keenan-Zelt as Sarah in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (La MaMa): (standing, from L) Misha Osherovich and Maureen O’Boyle; (background, from L) Alison Walter, Elizabeth Inghram, Sawyer Spielberg, and Michael Gnat.
       
     
Misha Osherovich as Kendle in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Director, Glory Kadigan (L), with playwright, Erik Champney, and stage manager, Vanna Richardson, during rehearsals for the staged reading of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE.
       
     
NYU: Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Ethan Chia as Kendle in a rehearsal for a workshop of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Co-director Wesley Aroozoo (center) with Ethan Chia (L) and Olivia Briggs as they work on OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney

A woman relinquishes the physical world, falling prey to a war of obsession and dark sexuality with a man she has never met. Omen Road to Starrville is a psychological examination of the birth of the Internet, the death of privacy, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival

Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Top Ten, The Stanley Drama Award, Wagner College

Workshop / Staged Reading, La MaMa; dir. Glory Kadigan

Concert Reading, NYU; dir. Drayton Hiers

Workshop, NYU Tisch Asia; dir. Wesley Aroozoo & Erik Champney

OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (NYU): Olivia Briggs as Ellen.
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (NYU): Olivia Briggs as Ellen.

Omen Road to Starrville, written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore.

Olivia Briggs’ Ellen tries to connect in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Olivia Briggs’ Ellen tries to connect in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

This was a beautiful and unnerving workshop of Omen Road to Starrville. Experimenting heavily with projections and a tense soundscape, both created by the magnificent genius, Wesley Aroozoo, this was the first time the play started to reveal what it was capable of doing to the viewer’s mind and body.

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore. 

Tori Keenan-Zelt as Sarah in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Tori Keenan-Zelt as Sarah in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Tori Keenan-Zelt always brings such a perfect, subtle harmony to every collaboration, which fit so well against this workshop’s unhinged backdrop.

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore. 

OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (La MaMa): (standing, from L) Misha Osherovich and Maureen O’Boyle; (background, from L) Alison Walter, Elizabeth Inghram, Sawyer Spielberg, and Michael Gnat.
       
     
OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE (La MaMa): (standing, from L) Misha Osherovich and Maureen O’Boyle; (background, from L) Alison Walter, Elizabeth Inghram, Sawyer Spielberg, and Michael Gnat.

Rehearsal for the staged reading of Omen Road to Starrville, presented by La MaMa. It was written by Erik Champney and directed by Glory Kadigan. New York, NY.

Experiments 17: Omen Road to Starrville

Misha Osherovich as Kendle in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Misha Osherovich as Kendle in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Misha’s Kendle was very masculine, with malevolent undertones that creeped in just enough to turn your head, only to find no trace of evil at all. It was a cunning, stable performance, making it all the more clear the diverse choices an actor can make with this character. This Omen Road to Starrville, as directed by Glory Kadigan, was not the streak of madness Erik Champney and Wesley Aroozoo explored in Singapore. In Glory’s hands, it was sober and real, in a way that was too close to home. There are many paths that lead to this play. Glory’s path only went as far as your own backyard. It was chilling.

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Glory Kadigan for La MaMa, New York, NY.

Director, Glory Kadigan (L), with playwright, Erik Champney, and stage manager, Vanna Richardson, during rehearsals for the staged reading of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE.
       
     
Director, Glory Kadigan (L), with playwright, Erik Champney, and stage manager, Vanna Richardson, during rehearsals for the staged reading of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE.

It should be pointed out this process was a wonderful time. Everyone was collaborating their asses off. Successfully. Happily. For a play as disturbing as Omen Road to Starrville, this was a jolly company.

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Glory Kadigan for La MaMa, New York, NY.

NYU: Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
NYU: Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Omen Road to Starrville was workshopped off and on for more than a year in Singapore. Olivia Briggs delivered Ellen’s spirit and oceans of subtext. She was also gracious enough to play the role many, many times as Erik worked on the play. And, of course, when Ethan Chia took on Kendle, intense meaning was infused into those workshops. After all, the play was written for him.

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore.

Ethan Chia as Kendle in a rehearsal for a workshop of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Ethan Chia as Kendle in a rehearsal for a workshop of OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Ethan Chia wouldn’t learn Omen Road to Starrville was dedicated to him until very late in his collaboration with Erik Champney, near the end of the rehearsal period for a concert reading. It would be the culmination of more than a year of working together. Long story short, Erik couldn’t figure out how to turn this idea into a play. Upon seeing Ethan as Alan Strang in Singapore’s first production of Equus, something snapped into place, and Omen Road to Starrville begged to be written. A few months later, the two finally met and Ethan fell in love with the play. And it began. 

Written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore. 

Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Ethan Chia (L) as Kendle and Olivia Briggs as Ellen in OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Omen Road to Starrville, written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore. 

Co-director Wesley Aroozoo (center) with Ethan Chia (L) and Olivia Briggs as they work on OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.
       
     
Co-director Wesley Aroozoo (center) with Ethan Chia (L) and Olivia Briggs as they work on OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE by Erik Champney.

Omen Road to Starrville, written by Erik Champney and directed by Wesley Aroozoo and Erik Champney. Workshop at NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore.