2016 PlayFest - I Understand Everything Better

With Advanced Beginner Group

7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 1
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
2500 California Plaza
Direction and Choreography by David Neumann
Text by Sibyl Kempson

Combining extraordinary theatrical invention and virtuosic text this multidisciplinary dance-based performance by Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann, explores our impulse to report on calamity; the shimmer of attention to realms unseen; the concurrence of unrelated events and the body as evidence of a will having to let go. Neumann’s “deeply felt and deeply moving” work (NY Times) manifests as a ‘solo with other performers’, marking Neumann’s return to performing in his own work after an absence of several years.

Return to 2016 PlayFest.

Director and Crew

  • Concept / Direction / Choreography – David Neumann
  • Sound Design / Performer – Tei Blow
  • Associate Sound Designer – Eben Hoffer
  • Sound Engineer – Bobby McElver
  • Text – Sibyl Kempson and David Neumann
  • Lighting Design – Chloe Z Brown
  • Video Design – Christine Shallenberg
  • Set Design – Mimi Lien
  • Lead Set Installation – Ana-Marin San-Milan
  • Costume Design – Erica Sweany
  • Creative Producer – Meredith Boggia
  • Project Advisors – Dr. Pamela Barton (MD), Rick Davis (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration), Kei Okada (end of life caregiver and hospice nurse)
  • Administrative Director of ABG – Amanda Brandes
  • Associate Producer – Mabou Mines


  • Performer – Tei Blow
  • Performer – John Gaspar
  • Performer – Jennifer Kidwell
  • Performer – David Neumann