Sontag Reborn

Based on the books "Reborn" and "As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh" by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff

Adapted from Susan Sontag’s early journals by performer Moe Angelos, SONTAG: REBORN traces Sontag’s private life from the age of 14 to her emergence as a world-renowned author and activist. The young Sontag wrestles with her emerging sexuality and precocious intelligence, fraught with doubt and insecurity yet driven by her willfulness, ambition and voracious curiosity. The refuge of her diary became integral to her development as a writer, Sontag says herself, “In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person. I create myself.”

Directed by Marianne Weems and using The Builders Association’s signature synthesis of poetic video and sound, this tightly-crafted story of self-discovery and sexual identity is both exuberant and intimate, exploring the private life, loves and idiosyncrasies of the iconic intellectual.


Contributing Artists

Directed by Marianne Weems
Co-Creator/Writer James Gibbs
Co-Creator/Writer Moe Angelos

Video Design by Austin Switser
Sound Design and Original Music Composition by Dan Dobson
Scenic Design by Neal Wilkinson
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton

Performed by Moe Angelos, Sean Donovan and Hannah Heller

Augmented Reality Design: John Cleater
Interactive Design/Programming: Jesse Garrison
Augmented Reality/Network Consultants: Larry Shea, Kevan Loney
Identity and App Design: LeClair Lucas
Costume Design: Andreea Mincic
Assistant Directors: Sarah Krohn, Eleanor Bishop
Production Manager: Brendan Regimbal
Technical Director: Carl Whipple
Associate Lighting Designer: Elliott Jenetopulos
Associate Video: Jesse Garrison, Dale Thomas Krupla
Associate Sound: Andrew Lulling
Unity Programmer: Ben Norskov
Production Stage Manager: Emma Sherr-Ziarko
Lighting Intern: MJ Kanai
Montclair State Production Assistants: Kelsey Mulholland, April Sigler

Additional Contributing Artists: Laura Mroczkowski, Jess Barbagallo, Josh Matthews, Geoff Gersh, Matthew Karges, Katy Alexander, Nicolas Graver, Deniese Laura, Virginia Wang, Matt O’Hare

For The Builders Association:
Erica Laird, Managing Director
James Gibbs, Company Dramaturg


ELEMENTS OF OZ was co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (NJ) and was developed in residence at the Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University.

The Augmented Reality tools for this production were developed in partnership with the students and faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s IDeATe program and the School of Drama with additional support from The Center for the Arts in Society. The IDeATe program supports curricula and research in areas that blend technology and arts expertise. Its activities are housed in Pittsburgh and in the new CMU@NYC site in Brooklyn. The CMU Integrative Media program in New York City is part of the NYC Applied Science Initiative.

This program was made possible with support from public funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Venue support for this project was provided by 3LD Art & Technology Center, BRIC, and the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Special thanks to The Performing Garage.



MAY 6-18
ArtsEmerson, The World OnStage
Boston, MA

OCT 2-3
Wesleyan Center for the Arts
Middletown, CT


MAY 28 – JUNE 30
New York Theatre Workshop
New York, NY

Seoul Performing Arts Festival
Seoul, South Korea


NOV 15-18
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH

JAN 4–15
The Public Theater
Under the Radar Festival, New York, NY