Accidental Nostalgia

Act I: Cameron Seymour, a neurologist specializing in the memory function of the brain (and suffering herself from psychogenic – emotionally driven – amnesia that blots out much of her childhood) delivers a lecture about an autobiographical book she has just published called How to Change Your Mind: A Self-Help Manual for Psychogenic Amnesiacs – a book resulting from research Ms. Seymour conducted using herself as a case study.

Act II: Ms. Seymour acts out the portion of her book wherein she travels to her childhood home in Carlson, Georgia, unearthing disturbing information about her past, including the fact that she is wanted for the murder of her own father (even though it remains to be determined if he was murdered, committed suicide, or simply disappeared).

Act III: Ms. Seymour escapes the murder charge by fleeing to Morocco, where she assumes a new identity: that of Cameron Seymour, a minor pop star from the 70’s who mysteriously disappeared during her 1979 “farewell concert” and who may (or may not) be our neurologist narrator’s real mother.

Performed by Cynthia Hopkins, Jim Findlay, and Jeff Sugg
Featuring Gloria Deluxe Musicians: Kristin Mueller (drums); Josh Stark (bass); Philippa Thompson (violin, guitar, spoons); Karen Waltuch (viola)
On Video: Cynthia Hopkins, John Hopkins, Scott Shepherd, Maria Ventura, and Gary Wilmes
Direction DJ Mendel
Design Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg
Choreography Jordana Che Toback
Costumes Kristin Lapham and Tara Webb with help from Liz Bourgeois
Sound Jim Dawson
Lighting Consultation Jason Boyd
Character Videos DJ Mendel

“a perverse delight of incongruities”

– Daniel Mufson, The Village Voice

Accidental Nostalgia was funded in part by the LEF Foundation of New England and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation; and developed through residencies provided by AS220, MASS MoCA, the Perishable Theater, and St. Ann’s Warehouse.