Opens Second Season
New York's The Foundry Theatre
The second season of international theatre programming from ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage will open with an innovative production which the audience has helped shape.
The world premiere of The Foundry Theatre’s "How Much is Enough: Our Values in Question" explores the fundamental concepts of value -- quantitatively through relationships to money and qualitatively by asking people what they hold dear. Performances take place September 13 – 25 at The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street in Boston’s Theatre District
Foundry Artistic Producer Melanie Joseph and playwright Kirk Lynn (whom ArtsEmerson audiences may remember as Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs, whose "The Method Gun" was an audience favorite last season) are making a new theatrical piece exploring the concept of "value."
The play itself is built out of questions posed by performers to audience members about how they've lived their lives, what plans they've made for the future and what advice they can offer as we all attempt to create lives of value. These talk-show style questions are posed to the audience, who are seated around tables. The questions (which loosely follow a human lifecycle and examine how notions of “value” change throughout life) and the subsequent answers make up the evening’s performance.
The Foundry has been developing this play over the past
year by meeting with and asking questions of all different groups of people
throughout New York City, Austin, Texas and Boston. From these gatherings,
they are creating the first "audience performance company" by
inviting audiences into every moment of the development and rehearsal
process, so that each performance’s audience helps deepen the inquiry
and find the structure of this unusual interactive theatrical event.
Foundry Theatre productions have been critically recognized
and honored with 10 Obie Awards and three Drama
Desk nominations. In 2000, The Foundry received the Ross
Wetzsteon Obie Award and most recently the national Peter
Zeisler Award in recognition of "innovative practice and
dedication to freedom of expression."
For tickets and information, call 617-824-8400 or visit www.artsemerson.org.
Photo: Paul Marotta
-- OnStage Boston
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