November / December - CL1000P
We spent the month of November working on our newest production. It doesn't have a title yet, but was called CL1000P - we can't say why. For the month of November we thought about game theory, puzzles, ARGs and pervasive games, and then we put together about 60 minutes of performance that we shared with audience in early December - 12/10/10. That 60 minutes of performance could, if you were interested/noticed, have lead to a few more tasks to be executed at your leisure over the weekend, which would then lead you to a party at The Off Center on Sunday night. What we learned: our puzzles are too easy, it's hard to care about a main character that can't do things for him/herself, when given tasks, most people will execute them right away, and want an instant reward, everyone digs white pleather. We're not sure what we will keep from that workshop, and what we will toss, but we are grateful to the audience members that participated whole-heartedly, and that shared their feedback with us as that is how we move forward.
January - I'VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY
|INBSH rehearsal @ Arena Stage Photo by Lowell Bartholomee|
We could not be more grateful to David Dower and Vijay Matthews for insisting that we present what would further the development of the project rather than freak out and try to put on a "show" for the "people" who were all industry the first night and DC audience (including some ambassadors, apparently) the second night. We learned so very much and totally fixed Act I. It's perfect now. Well, it's definitely put us in great shape to premiere in April. We've Never Been So Grateful.
|Arena Stage @ night Photo by Lowell Bartholomee|
- Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
by Rajiv Joseph
- I've Never Been So Happy
created by Rude Mechs
- Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
- Happy End of the World
by Lloyd Suh
- The Provenance of Beauty
by Claudia Rankine and The Foundry Theatre
|INBSH @ Arena Stage photo by Stephen Pruitt|
THANK YOU, DAVID AND VIJAY AND
EVERYONE THAT WORKED ON THE CONVENING AND THE FESTIVAL!!
February - METHOD GUN
Kinda... We got home January 30th, got a couple days off, and then went into a five-day dance workshop for INBSH... then a week off, and then we hosted two days of NEFA's National Theater Pilot meetings, while prepping Method Gun for its impending tour.
|Method Gun at Dance Theater Workshop photo by Yi Chun-Wu|
And then we somehow managed to come close to filling that big beautiful old mess of a 400 seat theater on our last night - we had super healthy and enthusiastic audience the whole run, and had a blast restaging the play to work in that space, which used to be a big beautiful church.
Massive thanks to Suzanne Appel for being a producorial and organizational genius, to Jennifer Kiger and James Bundy for the hosting us and feting us, and to everyone on the crew for killin' it.
Thanks also to David Chambers and Liz Diamond for bringing great students to play with at our class, and for offering their help. Hopefully we can take you up on it before the semester is out.
|Amazing Crew at Yale - yay!!!|
Overall, Yale - we hope we'll see you again soon. That was well done and loads of fun.
We do all very much still blame you for Bush, just fyi.
Off to DTW.