The surrealistic setting for “Hungry” conjured up for Stillwater Theatre Company by set and lighting designer extraordinaire Shannon Clark, with substantial assistance from video animator Meredith Laxton and video supervisor John Maruca and costume designer Rebecca Bailey, is a marvel in which the unblinking eyes of omnipresent television screens alternately buzz with snow and static and stream live video of the onstage action, as seen from different angles, a la ubiquitous surveillance cameras.
“I am a big fan of contradiction and juxtaposition on the stage,” says “Hungry” director Chip Rodgers. “When I read Lia Romeo’s play, I was unsure whether it should be staged as a comedy, a horror, a fantasy, or a psychological dream play. In the rehearsal room, I have discovered that it is all of the above. It gives me that feeling we don’t often get in the theater that says, ‘I know my gut is reacting to something, but I don’t know what, or how to deal with it.'”