New World Performance Lab Presents GOOSETOWN
Goosetown tells the story of a man drawn from the hills of West Virginia in 1913 by the promises of a booming Akron. He lands in a violent but exhilarating swirl of people and ambitions where the lines of race, class, and ideology are blurred as fortunes are easily gained and lost. Arriving at the train depot and walking the streets, he finds a place to sleep in the arms of a passionate and mysterious woman in the mostly German neighborhood of Goosetown. But Goosetown itself is a strange place, built defiantly atop a hidden river flowing with secrets that refuse to be buried.
At the rubber factory, under the watchful eye of the new company clock tower looming over the city, he's caught between the greed of a powerful industry tycoon and the righteous passion of a growing labor uprising. Add to all of it the disruptions of a chaotic freeze/thaw weather cycle and a priest with very worldly desires and a city on the brink of...something. But what will it be? A rapture? An apocalypse? Faced with such odds, how can a simple man rise from the dirt to live a good, honest life?
The Devil's Milk, Part Two
Playing April 20th-30th
Admission: $15 general, $10 student
NWPL began to devise The Devil's Milk Trilogy in intensive work sessions between March 2015 and December 2016. Each part of the trilogy stands on its own as a performance event and takes on a very distinct theatrical form and style, providing a stimulus and forum for a frank discussion about the city and the rubber that shaped it.
A grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helped pay for artists' stipends during the development process and allowed NWPL to offer ensemble members and local theatre artists the opportunity to refine their craft. Further funding for the project has come from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Akron Community Foundation.