By Eelly Zhang
EDH Studio Theatre
Nov 8-10, 2019 at 8 p.m.
This is an original play written and directed by Eelly Zhang. As a mythical story unfolding itself, Illusory Life gradually drifts into this surreal and dreamlike world where the duality of divinity and humanity is discussed, and the fluid transformation of identity is proposed. Philosophical discussion is intertwined with a beautiful and fatal love story that embeds the revolution for one’s individualist pursuit.
Devised/written/performed by the Electric Lite Collective
Co-directed by Wynn MacKenzie and Ezekiel Baskin
Library Media Basement, North Entrance
Night Train is an immersive, interactive theatrical experience exploring funeral rituals. A train that carries people to the end of the line, into the great unknown. “Like an Irish wake on acid.” Joy. Grief. Death. Trains. The Night Train rides for you.
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Aubriana Mency
EDH Main Stage Theatre
Feb 27-29, 2020 at 6 p.m. & March 1 at 2 p.m.
Blood at the Root is a choreopoetic play based on the real life-case of The Jena Six. Six black teenage boys in Louisiana were initially charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight that was provoked by three nooses being hung on a school tree that only white students sat under. This event galvanized one of the nation’s first large scale, televised protests in this small Louisiana town. In this fictitious adaptation, six high school students struggle to navigate the world of racism, sexuality, socio-economic status, power, privilege, and the ultimate miscarriage of justice. Follow along and bear witness to how the decisions and connections they make shape their political identities.
Our iteration of the show engages with theatre for young audiences and dispels the misconception that young audiences is just for young children. In collaboration with Childhood, Youth, and Learning, Ethics & The Common Good and Community Partnerships for Social Change; our process has included working with middle school students from Amherst Regional Middle School as youth consultants to our creative process and intentional work surrounding middle and high school students of color as they come to terms with their own political consciousness using theatre and creativity as a vehicle.
Written by Patrick Cash
Directed by Tiz Rome
Production Managed by Andrew Shepard
March 26-29, 2020
The Chemsex Monologues is commentary on queer hook-up culture's ties to the use of methamphetamine, GHB, and mephedrone through five monologues threaded into one narrative. In privileged and accessible spaces where HIV/AIDS is no longer a diagnosis of death, there are still conversations to be had about sex and the queer body. We understand chemsex to be a cultural practice that has historically enabled queer persons to relate through compounded trauma sources and harmful experiences during the epidemic and in the 40 years since. Here we are focusing on the use of glamour drugs and their facilitation of queer intimacy and relationships amongst the barriers preventing vulnerable connections and personhood. Alongside this production will be The Chemsex Dialogues: An outreach campaign on sexual health and substance use/abuse in the queer community.
An Immersive Play
Story and Set Design by Maia Samuel Doerner
EDH Studio Theatre
March 30-April 5, 2020
In Aboard the X-9 you enter the mid-range cargo ship, the X-9, as a newly hired member of the crew. The X-9 has been hired to transport a mysterious cargo across the galaxy. It is your job to work together with old and new members of the crew to deliver your cargo even when things start to go terribly wrong. Aboard the X-9 is an immersive collaborative mystery; you and your fellow participants are the cast and your actions decide the course the story will take.
April 16-18 & April 23-26
More information to come.
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