A theatrical tour de force

SUBLIMITY features David Bridel in the role of tormented English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing, in particular, on that fateful evening in 1797 when he composed his famous pre-romantic masterpiece, Kubla Khan. Exploring the tragicomic character of Coleridge – part tender fool, part opium addict – SUBLIMITY uses many of the poet’s own words to explore the nature of creativity and inspiration.
Los Angeles
@ Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe
2106 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sun. 9/22 @ 7pm
Sun. 9/29 @ 7pm
New York City
@ United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Sat. 10/5 @ 2pm SOLD OUT
Wed. 10/9 @ 3:30pm TICKETS AVAIL
“A theatrical tour de force… A unique and magical experience.” – Tiara Aronovich, Director, International Drama Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
“A genius performance.” – Andre Belgrader (Director)
“Absolutely dazzling.” – Tim Curry (Actor)
“Awe-inspiring.” – Kerry Korf, Center Theatre Group
It is generally agreed that the Romantic era in English literature began with the poems of the dynamic literary duo Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Coleridge’s classic poem Kubla Khan (A Vision in a Dream), composed under the influence of opium and famously interrupted by a visit from a mysterious “man from Porlock”, remains an enduring masterpiece of the age.

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Preface to his poem Kubla Khan: “On awakening he appeared to himself to have a distinct recollection of the whole, and taking his pen, ink, and paper, instantly and eagerly wrote down the lines that are here preserved. At this moment he was unfortunately called out by a person from Porlock, and detained by him above an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some vague and dim recollection of the general purport of the vision, yet, with the exception of some eight or ten scattered lines and images, all the rest had passed away like the images on the surface of a stream into which a stone has been cast…”

Sublimity by David Bridel
Directed by David Bridel and Jeremy Aluma

Produced by Four Clowns, The Clown School & Elizabeth Boulger

starring David Bridel as SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Supported with funds by an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation

Assistant Director & Stage Manager Mike Funt
Set & Projection Designer Nick Santiago
Costume Designer Christina Wright
Wig by Jim Tanner
Lighting Designer (New York City) Benjamin Weill
Lighting Designer (Los Angeles) Donny Jackson
Graphic Designer (New York City) Whitney Britt
Graphic Designer (Los Angeles) Curt Bonnem

Time 1797 Location Ash Farm, near Porlock, England

Previous Runs
August 2012 @ Stanislavsky Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 2012 @ Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe