See What I Wanna See


See What I Wanna See

words and music by Michael John Lachuisa
based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
as translated by Takashi Kojima
co-conceived by Megan Nicole O’Brien and Steve Pacek
directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien

April 28-May 15, 2016
Playing at the Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street, Philadelphia PA 19106

For our 11th season, we are proud to present Michael John LaChiusa’s triptych of stories about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption. How do we know who to trust or what is true? This challenging and provocative musical explores the power of the lens – that what you believe is subject to how you examine the events. Our production will be a unique collaboration between 11th Hour’s founders!

Production Sponsor

Jeff & Christine Vaught

Artist Sponsors

Steve & June Wolfson
Hether & Don Smith
Steve & Carol Cohen
John & Patricia DiMarco

Special Event Nights:

Thursday 5/5 – Post-show Discussion – The Influence of Film

Join us for a fascinating discussion of the influence of film on See What I Wanna See, including Kurosawa’s Rashomon and American Film Noir.


Dave Jones is a professor of film at Drexel University.  He has also taught at La Trobe University in Australia and at Stanford.  He has written three books on documentary-related subjects and numerous reviews and essays on film and literature.

Matt Kaufhold has over 20 years experience in the film industry working as a director, producer, screenwriter, script consultant, and director of photography. Program Director for Drexel University’s Screenwriting & Playwriting Program, Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and American Literature and Languages from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Thursday 5/12 – Post-show Discussion – Documentary Media

In keeping with the theme of the show, this panel will explore the current state of the media, specifically delving into the subject of programs like Serial or tv docs like Making a Murderer or The Jinx, as an avenue to consider how “true” stories are being told today.

Geoffrey Baym is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University.  A former television news producer, his scholarship explores the shifting styles and standards of broadcast journalism, public affairs media, and political discourse.  Particularly, his work examines the melding of news and entertainment, and politics and popular culture.

Anula Shetty is an award winning filmmaker and new media artist. Her work has been screened at festivals and museums worldwide, including MOMA, the Flaherty Film Seminar & the Museum of Television and Radio, NY. She currently serves on the board of NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture).

Sosena Solomon is an award winning Social Documentary Filmmaker and Visual Artist whose art for social change work focuses on culture preservation through visually documenting personal narratives of underrepresented and marginalized communities. She flourished as a Director and Cinematographer through her short film projects, “Sole” a documentary on sneaker culture which made its premier on PBS affiliate MINDTV, and “MERKATO” a traveling multi-media installation work which explores the personal testimonies of merchants who live, work and dream in the largest open-air market in Africa. Sosena received her MFA in Social Documentary Film from School of Visual Arts in NewYork and is currently teaching as an Adjunct professor in the Media Studies Department at Temple University.