'Nothing to Hide' is the latest Epoch Arts Mainstage production

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
East Hampton - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
Taylor Anderson (left), Nikki Chagnon and Polina McGuire play Cave People in 'Nothing to Hide.' Photos by Kevin Hotary.
Taylor Anderson (left), Nikki Chagnon and Polina McGuire play Cave People in 'Nothing to Hide.' Photos by Kevin Hotary.

“Nothing to Hide,” the latest Mainstage production of Epoch Arts, continues the evolution of the group’s yearly show from its beginnings some 14 years ago with performances of well-known plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “James and the Giant Peach,” to a platform for the original works written by the group’s founder and artistic director, Elizabeth Namen.

Featuring live music, dance and choreographed fight scenes, “Nothing to Hide” follows the character Cotton, as she takes a journey to remove the stones that she finds herself continually tripping over.  Along the way to discovering how to remove the stones, Cotton and the audience meet a variety of characters, both good and evil, and eventually uncover an ancient secret.

“It’s really about problems, small or big, whatever they may be,” said Namen. The stones, she said, represent the problems, and the fight begins when Cotton tries to remove them, essentially confronting the people who are the sources of the problems.

“It’s a journey just to remove the stones,” said Namen. She intentionally left the problems vague, hoping that the actors, and perhaps the audience, would personalize them, and in a sense, confront their own demons as they journeyed with Cotton.

Allyson Dainiak plays Enzo, who rescues Cotton (played by Cayla Schaub) and helps her on her journey. A veteran of two other Mainstage productions, Dainiak said this show is her favorite, because “it has such a great message.”

Nikki Chagnon, who plays one of the Cave People, agrees with Dainiak, adding that she believes people are too afraid to confront their problems, and that this play may help show them how.

“I think it’s really important for people to understand what we are trying to tell them,” she said.

“Nothing to Hide” is dedicated to Namen’s father, who passed away on Memorial Day.

“He wouldn’t want me to stop doing what I’m doing,” Namen said of her father, who was always supportive of her. And now she has the chance to follow in his footsteps, as her young daughter will be a member of a Mainstage cast for the first time.

“Nothing to Hide” runs June 10 through June 12 at 7 p.m. at Epoch Arts, 27 Skinner St., in East Hampton. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

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