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INTUITIVE LEAP

Part II of "The Hare Trilogy"—Coming Fall 2022

Intuitive Leap. Photo of Laurie Bennett as Woman-as-Hare and Austin Kirk as Manny on the film set.

After one more fight with his wife, Manny has moved out; things aren’t any better with the other woman, and now he’s been fired by his female boss. He thinks women are out to get him, and he might be right. It’s already been a very bad day, but it’s about to get worse, and weird. When he returns to his rundown motel room, a mythical Hare-Woman is lying in wait. Is she a dream, a hallucination, or an encounter from another dimension?

An absurdist look at masculinity through a contemporary "female gaze," Intuitive Leap investigates continuing gender divisions by conjuring a mythical Hare-Woman to confront a desperate man’s belief in his superiority—over women and all other creatures. Do new gender paradigms threaten today’s male psyche? Can women’s intuition cancel male aggression? Will men accept a world where they are no longer in charge? This feminist story leaps out of reality in a metaphorical execution of traditional manhood that demands a new gender balance.

The Intuitive Leap team: actors Basil Rodericks, Austin Kirk, Laurie J. Bennett, Oscar Castillo, and Ralph Lewis and Barbara Yoshida pose for a portrait in a studio.
Intuitive Leap team: actors Basil Rodericks, Austin Kirk, Laurie J. Bennett, Oscar Castillo, director Ralph Lewis, and playwright Barbara Yoshida. Photo by Basil Rodericks (FaceItFoto)

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Woman-as-Hare: LAURIE J. BENNETT
Manny: BASIL RODERICKS
Manny: OSCAR CASTILLO
Manny: AUSTIN KIRK
Priest: JAMES SCRUGGS

CREATIVE TEAM
Playwright: BARBARA YOSHIDA
Director: RALPH LEWIS
Cinematographer: CITLALI ORTIZ
Production Manager: HEATHER OLMSTEAD
Lighting Design: DAVID CASTANEDA
Video Editor: EVAN SEPLOW
Audio Editor: HARRISON ADAMS
Musician: SPENCER KATZMAN
Hair & Makeup Designs: ALEXIS SANTOS
Assistant: BRITT BERKE
Location RUSS KANE
Production Designer: S.M. DALE
Graphic Artist: WARD SUTTON
Casting: NOMI TICHMAN
Mask: MICHELLE BESHAW
Assistant: BIANCA ILICH

SPECIAL THANKS
Mike Amato & Emily Frembgen, Tom Ball & Charles Pinch (Fleas on the Dog), Richard Caliban, Janet Colson, Iben Cenholt, Jackie Christy, Carol Davis, Alice Elliott, Karen Etcoff, Carole Joyce (From the Heart), Joan Kane, Sehee Kim, Skip LaPlante, Sylvia Milo, Jane Parisi, Gilda Pervin, Jonny Porkpie, Matt Roper, Carley Santori, Gabriele Schafer & Nick Fracaro, Isabella Jane Schiller, Harley Spiller (Franklin Furnace).

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Actors appear courtesy of SAG-AFTRA, the union for professional film, television and radio performers.


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