Mass Live Arts - Festival of Contemporary Theater
|Country and Region||United States — Massachusetts|
|Type of Festival||Drama|
|Location of Festival||Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA|
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Mass Live Arts
Mass Live Arts will celebrate its inaugural summer festival in 2013. MLA is also committed to fostering the creation of new American works through development residencies culminating in work-in-progress showings. MLA offers development residencies and work-in-progress showings of new works, Included also are opportunities for audience participation in post-performance panels about the work.
Combining the culture of the Berkshire Mountains with the cutting edge of some of the world’s finest experimental theater makers and performers, Mass Live Arts is envisioned by Boston-bred and New York-based artist Ilan Bachrach (performer and collaborator with Nature Theater of Oklahoma, The National Theater of the United States of America, Jim Finlady, Phil Soltanoff) The Mass Live Arts inaugural season will present breathtaking, contemporary live performance — riveting and revolutionary work that has never been seen on local stages.
|Festival Dates||July 18 - August 3, 2013|
Participating companies 2013:
- Half Straddle
- Half Straddle, a rapidly rising Brooklyn company, will kick off the festival July 18-20 with their widely popular Seagull (Thinking of you) which rethinks Anton Chekhov’s iconic play, The Seagull, through his personal letters, translations, and perverse sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart really beat and why we ever try to say something out loud, let alone in front of an audience. With a Russian folk metal-influenced score.
- Radiohole’s critically acclaimed work, Inflatable Frankenstein, will close out the festival August 1-3 with a “a sticky, goopy, embarrassing, all-over-the-place and absolutely necessary mess” as Ben Brantley of The New York Times described it. Exploring James Whale’s classic films and the tragic life of novelist Mary Shelley, Inflatable Frankenstein is brimming with whims, technological absurdity, and massive amounts of bodily fluids.
- New York City Players
- MLA is also committed to fostering the creation of new American works through development residencies culminating in work-in-progress showings. This summer Tina Satter and Half Straddle, in collaboration with Richard Maxwell’s Obie-Winning company, New York City Players, will have a development residency and work-in-progress showings of a new work, Mona’s House of Dance, to take place during the second week of the festival. Showings run July 25-27 and will include opportunities for audience participation in post-performance panels about the work.
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