About the Production

Brightness is a metaphysical circus composed of curious acts -- some austere and minimalist like the quartet inspired by a Hopi dance, some lyrical like the duet drawn from a beautiful dance between Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. Louise Smith acts as ringmaster. An unusual aspect of Brightness is that costumes were designed first before the show which then inspired its creation.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived and Directed by

Ping Chong, in collaboration with the designers and performers

Written by

Louise Smith

Assistant Director

Virlana Tkacz

Lighting Design

Howard Thies

Sound Design

Brian Hallas

Set and Costume Design

Matthew Yokobosky


Karen Booth, John Fleming, Dan Froot, Larry Malvern and Louise Smith

Performance History


La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (November-December 1989)


1990 Bessie Award: Louise Smith, Performer
1990 Bessie Award: Matthew Yokobosky, Set & Costumes


La MaMa E.T.C.