The Generic Ensemble Company is thrilled to present its fifth production, The Experiment, an evening-length play asking the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Answers to this question are explored through the play’s surprising, complicated characters: a cyborg, an immortal mutant, and a singing, perverse scientist/lab assistant. The Experiment draws its structure from world’s fairs and vaudeville, creating a speculative future reminiscent of the turn of the 20th century. The play showcases performances by (queer) women of color investigating the relationship between modern human subjects-experiments, turn-of-the century freak shows, and anecdotal narratives of masculine/butch women.
by Ana-Maurine Lara & kt shorb
Directed by kt shorb
Choreography by Tonya Pennie
Fri-Sun, May 4-6; Thu-Sun, May 10-13. 8 p.m. all evenings
Thursday, May 10 & Sunday May 6 – “Pay What You Can” NightTickets can be purchased in advance for $12 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239694
Or at the door for $15 (Cash, Check, Credit accepted)
Blue Theatre,916 Springdale Road (click for map)
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Featuring: Saray de Jesus Rosales as Lucy, Krysta Gonzales as Dolly, and Smalls McCoy as Dora; with dancing by Kimberly Caterino, Kaitlyn Jolly, and Kirsche Dickson.
Dramaturgy by Kimberly Alidio
Stage Management by Margaux Binder
Lighting Design by Paige Binder
Set Design by Joshua Baker and Ethan Stover
Costume and Prop Design by Camille Deprang and Love and Monsters
Poster Design by Armand Alidio
Background: The Generic Ensemble Company (GenEnCo) makes the invisible visible through bold, socially relevant, body-centered theatre. We are a team of artists devising and producing innovative adaptations and new work. As such, we strive to promote, foster, and engage performance, writing and ideas of/with people of color, queers, gender queers, women, working class people, immigrants and youth.We create work in dialogue, both within the company and with the community in which we work, treating performance as a critical intervention for change in our local and global communities.
Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company, and award-winning stage director has said, “I love what kt shorb does and how she does it, both onstage and off. Whatever she is up to is not to be missed.”
The Experiment was made possible by a generous grant from the Open Meadows Foundation. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com