Wilbury Group Announces World Premiere of Erik Ehn's 10,000 THINGS

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The Wilbury Theatre Group proudly announces the world premiere of ?10,000 Things, a new work by acclaimed playwright Erik Ehn, October 20-30 2016.

Written and directed by Ehn, 10,000 Things is a groundbreaking new work that tells the story of two children who wander into the woods from the point of view of eight characters through the use of ensemble-based text, movement, shadow puppets by Erik Ruin and music by international recording artist Maya Solovey.

10,000 Things runs October 20-30 at The Wilbury Theatre Group, 393 Broad Street, Providence RI. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 401-400-7100 or order online at thewilburygroup.org/10KThings.

?An exploration of the limits of mercy and extent of distraction in a busy age. How do we care for the things that need tending? How do we wake up our eyes? At the center of the process: text + shadows... shadow puppetry, shadows as design elements, and - shadow as cultural erasure. A multi-part experiment in process-driven theatre, 10,000 Things by acclaimed playwright Erik Ehn is an ensemble-based exercise in contemplative theatre that unlike anything else.

Erik Ehn is an American playwright and director known for proposing the Regional AlterNative Theatre movement. His work includes The Saint Plays, Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, Maria Kizito, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, Ideas of Good and Evil, and an adaptation of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. He is an artistic associate at San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, most recently writing Crazy Horse for them, which combined Noh forms with Native American music and dance. His plays have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), and elsewhere; he has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the Undermain Theater in Dallas. He is co-founder of the Tenderloin Opera Company in San Francisco and Providence and the former dean of theater at CalArts, the California Institute of Arts. Today he is head of playwriting and professor of theatre and performance studies at Brown University.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be sharing Erik's latest work with our audiences," says Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short. "When we approached him last year about contributing to our New Works program we knew that he'd bring something incredible along with him, but I don't think we had any idea that it would be as innovative and exciting as 10,000 Things and the work that he and the creative team have come up with. It's an exhilarating mix of poetry and theatre set to the most sublime music by Maya Solovey, brought to life by an incredible ensemble of actors and the shadow puppetry of Erik Ruin. We can't wait to share it with you."

10,000 Things
?Written and directed by Erik Ehn

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Paige Barry
Shannon Hartman
Jeff Hodge

Brien Lang

Ava Mascena

Jessica March

Rudy Sanda

Christine Treglia

Taliq Tilman

Shadow Puppets by Erik Ruin

Sound & Light Design by Andy Russ

Scenic Design by Monica Shinn
Music by Maya Solovey

Production Manager Kate Kataja

Stage Management by Liz Oakley

Assistant Stage Management by Maggie Daubenspeck


Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm
Friday, October 21, 7:30pm PRESS/OPENING
Saturday, October 22, 7:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm
Friday, October 28, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 29, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm

Founded in 2010, The Wilbury Group is an ever-evolving collaboration of artists committed to presenting adventurous audiences with the highest quality professional theatre. Founded on the belief that quality theatre should be an affordable and accessible means of enrichment to the community; The Wilburys present contemporary, experiential theatre that simultaneously engage, inspire, and provoke thought among audiences.

As the official resident theatre company in the historic Trinity Square Theater at the Southside Cultural Center, The Wilbury Theatre Group is committed to providing our diverse and evolving community with affordable access to the performing arts through our Education program, public outreach programs, and professional productions of cutting-edge theatre from around the world.

The Wilbury Group's 2016/17 season is supported by The Avery Providence, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Revival Brewing Company, and the City of Providence Dept. of Art, Culture, & Tourism.

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