Interactive Installation by Moore Fine Arts Students at The Wilma Theater

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) – An interactive installation by fine arts students from Moore College of Art & Design opens this week as part of The Wilma Theater’s East Coast premiere of Scorched, the highly-acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad. Six bachelor of fine arts students of Professor Martha Gelarden’s 3D Junior Studio class spent January reading and researching the play for inspiration. After reviewing interviews of the production’s actors, designers and director, viewing a set model as well as attending table readings and early rehearsals, the students developed a proposal for the installation.

“We are very excited by the students’ work around our production,” said the Wilma’s Education Director Anne Holmes. “We wanted to give our audiences different ways to process such a visceral play. The installation provides opportunities for silent reflection and invites people to participate in an ongoing, conversation about Scorched.”

Martha Gelarden, “Scorched is an amazing, shocking and sad play. Inspired by the play’s wrenching view on civil, ethnic and religious conflict, the students worked to communicate the range of human emotions and human experience it raised. The partnership between Moore’s Culture in the Classroom program and the Wilma Classroom program was a wonderful opportunity to explore the connections between the visual and performing arts and possibilities that collaboration bring.”

Moore College of Art & Design, the nation’s first and only women’s art college, is celebrating 160 years of educating women for careers in the visual arts. The Culture in the Classroom program at Moore pairs Moore’s BFA students in a class assignment that involves a collaboration with professional artists and designers working in the city’s cultural organizations. The program is an extension of the College’s City as Campus initiative. Collaborating organizations have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and The Arden.

Scorched: an exhibition, on view in the lobby of the Wilma Theater, runs through March 29, 2009. The installation includes video, audio, light and an interactive map. Artists include Moore bachelor of fine arts juniors Amanda Moore, Jamie Moore, Chloe Muxart, Dana Osburn, Emma Pouncey and Rosie Raizen.

In Scorched, twins Janine and Simon receive a surprising request in their late mother’s will: to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed. These tasks lead them on a suspenseful journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle Eastern homeland. Unraveling the mystery, they learn about her concealed history as a political activist and prisoner of war and uncover shocking secrets about their own origins.

The Wilma’s production of Scorched, directed by the Wilma's co-Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, opens on March 4, and closes on March 29, 2009. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the Wilma Box Office by calling 215.546.7824, visiting 265 S. Broad Street, or online at

Moore’s Culture in the Classroom program is funded by the Phoebe W. Haas Trust A as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno.

Scorched has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Scorched is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Wilma Theater’s 30th Anniversary Sponsor is Rohm and Haas. Sporting Club at the Bellevue is a Season Sponsor. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is Artistic Lead Sponsor, and PECO is the Building the Audiences of Tomorrow Sponsor. Additional support is given by the Charlotte Cushman Foundation.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program launching in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

March 9, 2009
An interactive installation by fine arts students from Moore College of Art & Design opens this week as part of The Wilma Theater’s East Coast premiere of Scorched, the highly-acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad.

Published on March 9th, 2009