Wilbury Group Announces World Premiere of Erik Ehn's 10,000 THINGS
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."
ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION
?Written and directed by Erik Ehn
CAST (in alphabetical order)
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
CALENDAR OF PERFORMANCES
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
ABOUT THE WILBURY THEATRE GROUP
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.