Michelle Sutherland's EMILY DICKINSON OUTER SPACE! Set for the Bushwick Starr, 9/4-6
In a three-day marathon performance that is part intergalactic jam session and part haunted house party, Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE! explores the uncharted dimensions of Dickinson's poetry in search of what it means to be American, wild, and free. A performance event as vast as the cosmos, this is the second installment in The POP Trilogy from award-winning artist collective Theater Plastique (Gertrude Stein SAINTS!). Following a workshop performance at The Fury Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater in San Francisco in July 2014, Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE returns to her native coast this September at The Bushwick Starr. Over the course of 72 continuous hours, the doors of the theater will remain open for a performance event featuring 88 singers, dancers, and musicians wherein Theater Plastique invites the vastness of Dickinson's poetry to again build a universe within a single room.
Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE! features text adapted from the poems and letters of Emily Dickinson and original music written by the ensemble. Directed by Michelle Sutherland; produced by Jordan Harrison; scenic and costume design by Diego Montoya; video design by Kevan Loney; lighting design by Justin Keenan Miller; dramaturgy by Elisabeth Barnick and Emma McFarland.
Performances run at The Bushwick Starr theater: 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wykcoff]. Via Subway take the L Train to Jefferson Street, exit at Starr Street, walk against traffic on Starr, and the theater is 3/4 of a block on the right. For detailed driving directions visit: www.thebushwickstarr.org/DIRECTIONS. Tickets are $15.00 for a one-time entrance and $30 for unlimited entry at: www.thebushwickstarr.org.
About Michelle Sutherland / Theater Plastique: Founded in 2013 by artistic director Michelle Sutherland, Theater Plastique is an artist collective that develops original music theater, opera, and plays called The New American POP Theater. With music, Theater Plastique seeks to uncover what has been culturally embedded in the American psyche through rhythm. The collective is currently developing new work using jazz techniques such as improvisation, call and response, and jam session as the basis for collaboration and exploration.
Theater Plastique's first production, Gertrude Stein SAINTS! (http://gertrudesteinsaints.com) premiered at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. The production won two awards: Overall Excellence in Music and Overall Excellence in Directing (Michelle Sutherland). Gertrude Stein SAINTS! was presented again in NYC at Abrons Art Center in June 2014, garnering rave reviews. The second piece in the Pop Trilogy of operatic performance celebrating American poetry, Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE!, was workshopped at foolsFURY Factory Festival in San Francisco. theaterplastique.org
About The Bushwick Starr: The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non profit theater that presents an annual Season of new work in theater, dance, and puppetry. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. The Bushwick Starr's mission is to help ambitious artists and ambitious audiences find each other. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. Our past seasons have included new work from cutting edge companies such as The Debate Society, the TEAM, Elevator Repair Service, Half Straddle, and Witness Relocation.