construction by Elizabeth Luce
choreography by Marianne Davis (Ep.
puppet voice sound engineering by Kanon Spackman (Eps.
EPISODE ONE (3/19/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Adina Valerio
SUMMARY: Samantha Cheeryble tells what she says is
one of her favorite stories from when she was young. It's the
story of how the afterlife is almost filled to capacity... and
how she found out. A young Sam, new in New York, tries to get
cynical Allessandra Allessandra to give her a job as a graphic
designer. Allessandra is only interested in one of her
designs... named for her childhood doll, Delilah, which she
still carries around with her for comfort. And talks to. On her
way home, she meets a seemingly-crazy homeless woman who reads
her tarot and gives a cryptic forecast. Enter dapper but creepy
Adam... who the homeless woman says is "fear itself." She chases
Adam off while Sam goes home. That night, Adam visits her in his
"true form" - a gigantic, monstrous insect. However, he's scared
off when the doll, Delilah, comes to life... causing Sam to
faint. Delilah strokes Sam's hair gently as she sleeps.
Sam meets a
crazy cat lady at the bus stop.
Sam and the
homeless woman meet Adam, a self-described "gentle creature."
EPISODE TWO (3/26/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Chairman Barnes
SUMMARY: A young Samantha is at a funeral, at which
her Aunt Dot fails to make her feel better about death's
inevitability, and cruel classmates Agnes and Grelda make fun of
her, and tell her that everybody dies - "It's not meant to be
funny. It's meant to scare you." Adam appears,
taunting her... and Sam wakes up in bed, terrified. It's
the morning after her encounter with Adam's true form, and a
police officer knocks on the door, following up on her phone
call. When he says he didn't mean to scare her, Sam
realizes that she's been hearing that phrase a lot lately.
She ushers the policeman out and goes to tell Allessandra her
story. She reluctantly accompanies Sam to go meet the
homeless woman, whose name is Nomi. Sam asks how to find
Adam. Nomi warns her not to try. Allessandra gives
Nomi her card, saying she knows how hard it is on the street and
to contact her if she ever needs any help. After they
leave, Adam arrives. Is Adam going to kill her? The
afterlife is almost full... where's she going to go? Adam
opens a jar, and a swarm of angry firebees rush out, attacking
Nomi. "Delilah will prevail," gasps Nomi, then expires.
Adam, smirking, reaches into Nomi's jacket and takes
Allessandra's business card.
dreams of a funeral... perhaps her own.
Nomi with a swarm of firebees.
EPISODE THREE (4/2/11)
Photos by Aaron Francis
Video by Jay Bogdanowitsch
SUMMARY: Sam goes home with Allessandra and meets
her girlfriend, Zed, who plays violin for the Phil. Zed
thinks it's sweet that Samantha still has her childhood doll,
and goes off to find her own, Moon Goddess. Allessandra,
worried that Sam's grip on reality is tenuous, tells her that
dolls don't love you and don't miss you when you're gone.
Zed, arriving with her doll, is offended, and pointedly throws
Moon Goddess in the trash, then storms off. Sam ultimately
decides that Allessandra is right, and she throws Delilah away. Suddenly, Sam realizes that her painting,
"Delilah's Secret," is in Allessandra's home. How did it
get there? Adam arrives, demanding to be let in and given
the doll. When Allessandra refuses, the lights go out... and
Adam sends in his Living Shadows to hunt them. However, Delilah
comes to life again and scares them off. Allessandra is
convinced of Sam's story. Delilah says Samantha is special, and
that nobody on this plane is safe - "the souls are taking
sides." As Allessandra goes to find Nomi, Delilah says
there's a battle going on - the battle for "empty vessels of
cloth and thread." The lights go out again... and when they come
back on, Moon Goddess, towering above them all, has come to
life. "I HAVE ARRIVED," she pronounces in an unearthly
voice, as Delilah bows before
Samantha and tries a new method of attack.
her doll Delilah encounter another supernatural being.
EPISODE FOUR (4/9/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Suze Campagna
SUMMARY: Delilah explains to Samantha that since
the afterlife is full, souls are battling for empty vessels of
cloth and thread - dolls - in which to manifest. Moon
Goddess is a powerful but young spirit. Humans cannot be
watching when the dolls come to life or turn back into dolls -
it's against the rules. Sam is told that she must get "the
key" from a stranger. She goes to find Allessandra and
Nomi... and runs into three strangers at a bus stop. They
are just ordinary folks... until they are possessed by Adam.
They give Sam the key, but Adam arrives and launches a firebee
attack. Moon Goddess manifests and launches a
counterattack of greenbees. The greenbees kill all but one
firebee - and that remaining firebee knocks out Samantha and
mortally wounds Zed, who dies in Moon Goddess' arms. Moon
Goddess leaves... and a moment later, Adam arrives and gathers up the lone firebee.
remaining firebee attacks Samantha and Zed, and Adam comes back to
EPISODE FIVE (5/21/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez *
Video by Annette Fasone
SUMMARY: A child's voice narrates the storybook
history of the tale of Palimpsest. Good King Eurasmus and Queen
Jezmerelda once ruled a land so far away, but the Queen and the
Jester, also a Dollmaker, were having an affair. The Dollmaker
knew he could never tell the Queen how much he truly loved her.
One day, a stranger visited him while making dolls to amuse the
Queen. It was Adam... and his feral assistant, the Soulhound. He
helped the Dollmaker finish his doll... but enchanted the doll,
trapping an unhappy soul inside it. The Queen loved the doll and
named it Nomi. That night, the doll sprang to life, and the
Queen died of fright. Nomi fled out of guilt. The narrator of
this tale is Moon Goddess. Today: Samantha has been in a coma
for six months following the firebee attack. Allessandra comes
to visit her, still wracked with guilt for not being there when
Sam was attacked and Zed was killed. She manages to bring
Delilah to life. Adam knocks on the door... and Sam awakens.
Allessandra tries to get her to run, but as Adam enters in his
true form, Sam says this ends here. It's time to stand up to the
This is the
story of Palimpsest as told by the child who
would become the living doll named Moon Goddess.
EPISODE SIX (5/28/11)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
SUMMARY: Another child fills us in on the backstory
of "Palimpsest." The inventor Leonardo one day invented a
transmogrifier. Adam attempted to purchase it from him.
Leonardo at first agreed, but then thought better of it.
Before Adam returned with payment, Leonardo locked the
transmogrifier in a box, threw it into the sea, and then gave
away the key to a passing stranger. Adam, enraged, had his
Soulhound kill Leonardo. Today: Samantha, after attempting
to fight Adam, has found herself in the limbo between the living
world and the afterlife, where she meets Zed, who says to tell
Allessandra she loves her. She then dreams of her dead
relatives again... or is she dreaming? They tell her she
doesn't even remember her real family: "That day in the park...
the painting." Adam has taken control of Delilah. He tells Sam
to look closer at her painting. Sam tears away at her
painting to find another painting underneath that she doesn't
remember painting - the palimpsest - which pictures two
red-headed girls holding hands... herself and Delilah.