In response to recent landmark climate reports, LubDub Theatre Co has committed to a four-year development cycle of environmental work. In pieces including A Play For The Living In a Time of Extinction and On The Lawn, LubDub is striving to locate overarching global narratives of climate chaos within local and immediate contexts. Rooted in stories from our own backyards, these pieces reach outward, cultivating connections between global ecosystems of performance and action.
A PLAY FOR THE LIVING IN A TIME OF EXTINCTION (in development)
What has happened to the little brown bats? To the spotted tree frog? What will happen to Homo sapiens? A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is an evening of interactive, interspecies storytelling written by Miranda Rose Hall with dramaturgy by Robert Duffley. This new work-in-progress asks--through story, song, and movement--how to be a human in an era of man-made extinction. This project was commissioned and is being developed by LubDub Theatre Company through an ongoing company residency with the Orchard Project’s NYC Greenhouse and through New York Theatre Workshop’s Dartmouth Residency.
In-process readings have been presented at En Garde Arts’ series Uncommon Voices in NY (performed by Nadine Malouf, 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist), The Lab for Global Performance and Politics’ Crosscurrents Festival in DC (performed by Helen Hayes nominee Shannon Dorsey), and Two River Theatre in NJ (performed by Elizabeth Stahlmann).
ON THE LAWN (in development)
Spend a day in the life of the American lawn. As a real lawn blooms before the audience, this hybrid performance piece/eco-art installation explores the roots of this most peculiar American invention. Music, illusion, and movement trace the lawn’s origins in early modern Europe’s “outdoor carpets” through the present-day eco-politics of “freedom lawns” and #droughtshaming. On The Lawn assembles the audience on common ground to examine the complex connections between ourselves, our neighbors, and our plants.
On the Lawn is being developed through an ongoing two-year residency with the Orchard Project’s NYC Greenhouse and will receive its workshop developmental premiere with Georgetown University artists in the Davis Center's Home Season, with Artistic Direction by Maya E. Roth, lighting design by Alberto Segarra, and collaboration by students.
An intimate audience of guests gathers for cocktails. A door opens. Guests are invited into a shifting world of immersive theatre in which sleight-of-hand magic, movement, and ritual move the audience closer to the performers, to one another, and to the other side. The performance draws inspiration from sources including the tradition of American spiritualism, the performers' personal histories, and the question What does it mean to be a host? Devised by the company.
Debuted in February 2015 in Hell's Kitchen, followed by a sold-out run in collaboration with Guild Greene Gallery in October - November 2017. Later, expanded during a residency at The Orchard Project in the Summer of 2017.
A new production of The Doubtful Guest recently ran at The Public Hotel, NYC. To catch the next arrival, join the list here.
This project has been brought to life, in part, by the generous support of The Orchard Project and The Franklin School for the Performing Arts.
Over several months, a series of mystery envelopes are delivered to your home. Each envelope is a scene or an act in which part of a story is told. The envelopes might contain a torn page from a book with an address on the back; a scone recipe from the Aran Islands; an invitation; or...
Debuted in August 2015 with The Very True Story of What Has Yet To Come.
Second Production in development.
THE VERY TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAS YET TO COME
The stars align, and a classics professor goes missing, launching a cross-continental journey through centuries of myth. Told through seven mystery mailings and one voice mailbox, this inaugural Postal Play reached a sold-out audience of 40 subscribers in 14 states and the US Virgin Islands.
THE VOYAGER PROJECT
A stranger washes ashore, and the inhabitants of a small coastal village must test the depths of their hospitality. Devised in conversation with NASA’s Golden Record, John Masefield’s “Lollingdon Downs,” and Gabriel García Marquez’s “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” The Voyager Project (2015-2016) orbits questions of arrival and belonging through dance, puppetry, and original music.
Developed in 2015 and 2016 with in-progress public showings at La MaMa and Franklin School for the Performing Arts.
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