Back in June, The Center of Investigative Reporting and George Street Playhouse asked me to capture their performance of Terra Incognita, a play about contamination in New Jersey.
Written by R. N. Sandberg and directed by Jim Jack, Terra Incognita is an absurd dark comedy about a New Jersey couple who discover that an underground gas tank in their backyard is leaking. Suddenly, their life becomes a labyrinth of complex, bizarre and illogical attempts to clean up the fuel-soaked soil beneath their home and prevent it from contaminating the groundwater and their marriage.
The play is inspired by the NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams investigative reporting series, “Toxic NJ,” reported by correspondent Brenda Flanagan. The series is part of Dirty Little Secrets, a collaborative reporting project investigating New Jersey’s toxic legacy.