Friday, January 15, 2010

This Weekend: Decades Out FREE Theatre

This just came across the Shitty Chic radar screen:

Looking for something to do this weekend? Something involving theatre maybe? Something free?

Tonight, Friday, is the opening of the DecadesOut playwright's reading series, The Launch Pad. A reading of 'Dark Matter' kicks off the series at 7pm (a really wonderful script), tomorrow Sat afternoon 2 to 5 pm they'll be reading 3 short plays. And, another full length feature ends the series on Sat evening at 7pm. All the details and descriptions of plays and directors actors etc are below. And this evening the posse will reroute to a local watering hole for a toast or two afterwards. I hope you can make it out for some FREE cultural activity this weekend. A great opportunity to get to know a fantastic group of artists in the collective, DecadesOut.

3-Legged Dog (3LD) Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street at Rector St in Lower Manhattan

Half of the donations collected throughout our series will be donated to Haiti Relief in partnership with the Beholders Group.

  • Friday, January 15th

  • DARK MATTER by August Schulenburg
    Directed by Zack Calhoon
    Maxine Clerk is a physicist chasing after the mysterious dark matter and energy that make up 95% of our known universe. As a rival colleague undermines her efforts, her personal life also begins to unravel. Facing the illness of her daughter and father, the distance of her lover and mentor, and the dangers of her own darkness, Maxine's struggle to understand the universe becomes a matter of personal survival.

  • Saturday, January 16th

  • Two Shorts and a Solo Piece
    Directed by David Denson
    WORMHOLE by Whitney Hamilton
    A female astronaut drifts on the outer reaches of our solar system as her radio contact tries to help her back. She squeezes through a wormhole --- a hypothetical "tunnel" connecting two different points in spacetime in such a way that a trip through the wormhole could take much less time than a journey between the same starting and ending points in normal space. Thus, she is propelled into another dimension.

    LISTEN TO THE UNIVERSE by Francis Kuzler
    Radio astonomer Peter Haskell has spent years deciphering the sounds of space, but now he hears something that he's never heard before, the voice of a woman screaming about love and the human soul. Can Peter cope with his latest discovery?

    FIRE IN THE GARDEN by Ken Weitzman
    In 1965 Norman Morrison, a Quaker from Baltimore, drove to the Pentagon and, in protest over the U.S. policy in Vietnam, doused himself in kerosene and lit himself on fire. Looking on as he did this was his one-year-old daughter. Fire in the Garden is told by a new father who finds himself haunted by Morrisonís act as he struggles mightily (and comically) with the challenges of modern fatherhood.

    Featuring: Jennifer Larkin*, Ryan McCarthy*

  • Saturday, January 16th

  • EXILE by Lindsey Ferrentino
    Directed by Tony Macy-Pérez
    Exiled historical figures Einstein, Brecht, Lenin, Trotsky, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a Catholic Nun meet in front of a wall to contemplate how and why they need to get over it, confusing themselves into wondering whether or not they have already done so. Consumed with the menial, they debate action vs. intellect with cynically humorous dialogue as bleak and ironic as their landscape. Inspired by the proposed wall to be built between the United States and Mexico, this play questions the idea of boundaries, what it means to be contained, and the isolation of genius. The cast of characters must work together to salvage their sanity before it's too late in this new absurdist tragicomedy.

    Featuring: Grace Kiley*, Pascal Escrout*, Thomas Garvey*, Patrick Melville*, Marek Sapieyevski, and Leal Vona

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