Mike Daisey's anthropologic commentary on American culture is just the beginning of what ArtsEmerson has in store for festival-goers at The Next Thing (TNT) Festival. A collaboration with New York's Under the Radar Festival, which spotlights new theater productions from around the world, TNT is 10 full days of live contemporary performances, music, screenings, live-streamed events, workshops, talks, and more. We've pulled out a few of the festival highlights for you.
New York City Players: Vision Disturbance » Downtown New York playwright and director Richard Maxwell directs his New York City Players in Christina Masciotti's play about a middle-aged woman whose stress from her recent divorce leads to vision problems and a complicated relationship with her eye doctor. [February 20-23 :: Paramount Center Mainstage]
Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth » What do you get when you throw Princess Di, Elvis Presley, a bridezilla, and Frankenstein into a blender and spit them out? Well, something like this "post-feminist manifesto" in which a mad academic named Mary Shelley-Breath delivers a zany, solo lecture on social criticism that spans topics and eras. Presented by the Sleeping Weasel theater company. [February 22-23 :: ArtsEmerson Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre]
A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN after David Foster Wallace » Five actors recreate and bring to life audio recordings of late lauded writer David Foster Wallace — including readings of his short fiction and essays and an interview he once did on German TV — backed by moving props and clips of the recordings mixed live onstage. Directed by Daniel Fish. [February 22-24 :: Paramount Center Studio 7]
ArtsEmerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston :: February 15-24 :: 617.824.2400 or artsemerson.org
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