Oriana Dentici is a freelance stage manager, designer, and technician in Chicago and earned her BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Past credits include: LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Stage Manger), BARE: A POP OPERA (Lighting Designer), and ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Lighting Designer)(Cuckoo’s Theater Project); BYE BYE LIVER: THE CHICAGO DRINKING PLAY (Stage Manger/Designer/Technician) and STORMTROOPER STORIES (Costumer and Scenic Charge)(The Public House Theatre); and BURN (Special Effects/Technician/Stage Manger)(Poetry Talk). Oriana enjoys snuggling with her cats, Minerva and Khoshekh, listening to podcasts, and admiring the local architecture. She thanks her dad, Tom, for always having a supply of Werther’s Originals on hand in his aptly named “grandpa sweater.”
Get to know Oriana! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
OD: I have always found superstitions to be incredibly fascinating; the stories about how they came to be, the experiences that people had to reinforce them. Superstitions are a unique look into a culture’s past.
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
OD: Oh yes, often. Life tends to ebb and flow in ways you never anticipate, no matter how well organized you are. Whenever I feel this way, I find myself wanting to be in the woods.
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
OD: It’s 50/50 with me. My friends and I tend to bounce off of each other for advice, support, and second (or third) opinions.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
OD: Most recently it would have to be with myself. I’ve been doing quite a bit of reflecting in the past year and have found in order to move past certain parts, I had to forgive myself for the things I either did or did not do.
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
OD: I worked as a freelancer with a company as a lighting tech and it was not a pleasant experience. I learned an awful lot that summer, but it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth.
Come see Oriana's work in The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
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