STARBALL Returns Home for an Astronomical Run at West of Lenin

STARBALL Returns Home for an Astronomical Run at West of Lenin

After more than a decade performing at planetariums around the world, John Kaufmann and Dan Dennis are bringing their show home to Seattle! "Starball: A Dreamy Musical Astronomy Show" is a critically acclaimed, improvisational musical theater event.

Kaufmann and Dennis developed "Starball" while working together at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Since its debut performance here in 2002, "Starball" hasn't returned to Seattle...until now.

The show, which literally brings audiences' dreams to life, will have an exclusive run September 7-11, 2017, at West of Lenin's pop-up planetarium, specially built for this production.

Directed by Rachel Katz Carey, "Starball" combines live theater, improvisation, original music, and cosmological inquiry into an entertaining, engaging performance. Taking inspiration from audience members' actual dreams, the performers facilitate the creation of new constellations and mythologies in the night sky.

"We are so excited to return to Seattle with 'Starball,'" says Dennis. "The things about 'Starball' that were new and radical when we started doing it at Pacific Science Center in 2002 have become even more necessary for us to explore in 2017."

In "Starball," audience members assume the role of villagers living in a dystopian future in which the global government has severed the relationship between humanity and the stars. But, two "Astronomasons," the Conductor (Kaufmann) and the Proxy (Dennis), have rebelled, calling the villagers to a secret clearing for a creative ritual.

"The world has changed since we last performed this show. Strangely, it has changed to become more like the dystopian comedy we invoke in the show," says Kaufmann. "The show is now less of a warning about what could be, and more of a survival guide for current times."

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