Untitled RFK Project
A memory: Julia is standing on the platform of the Middletown, NJ train station, across from her childhood home, holding her father’s hand. The train had three cars. The third car bore Ethyl Kennedy and the casket containing the body of RFK.
But the train she remembers never came to Middletown. It ran on the Jersey Central line through Edison. The memory of being in Middletown is real. The train being in Edison is real. And she, now thinking back to actually standing near the actual train when it actually passed, is not sure at all where that event took place.
These facts came to light a week short of 50 years later when Julia saw a map of the train's route, revealing the discrepancy. This complicated the matter of this memory. And in this complication (as in the event itself) arose several interesting questions about presence and absence and memory.
This project explores these questions in a technological duet between Julia and the photographic record of her life.
Developmental Reading Summer 2018, details TBA
Julia Brothers, co-creator/performer is an actor with passion for new work. Her current projects include the development of her first original work (the currently Untitled RFK Project) in collaboration with director Becca Wolff. Julia has originated many roles over the last three decades. Recent projects include Salesman (Workshop, Rough Draft Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center) by Jeremy Tiang (dir Michael Leibenluft) in which she played Arthur Miller and the world premiere of the Kilbanes’ rock opera Weightless (dir Becca Wolff) at Z Space in San Francisco. Other world premieres include Broadway: Relatively Speaking - George Is Dead by Elaine May (dir John Turturro) Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro at Westside Arts. Regional: Women In Jeopardy at GEVA, Be Aggressive and Ambition Facing West at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; and Seagull (as adapted by Libby Appel), Magic Forest Farm and Fortune at Marin Theatre Company, among others. Julia is a company member of The B Street Theatre and SF Playground, and was named MVP for Bay Area Theatre by the San Francisco Chronicle.