Monday, November 26, 2007

Dystopia

Dystopia

I have been tossing around the idea of starting a bi-weekly workshop in the new year. The focus of this workshop will be to find interesting, provocative, captivating ways to stage dystopia in front of a live audience.

Not only we will look at ways to stage preexisting dystopian visions, we will attempt to define and create a novel dystopian narrative. We will look at the science fiction dystopian genre and attempt to find new ways to approach it, new angles, new elements.

Rather than merely repeat the excellent paradigms already saturating modern thought, we might strive to see what sort of potential for evolution that medium/genre has.

Another question I am interested in is how those of us can transcend the "Cassandra complex" and hopefully suggest or inspire further conversation that goes beyond a mere performance. I am interested in working with people who want to use the stage use live theater but are excited at the notion of using kindred mediums to expand upon the participants avenues as storytellers and as potential activists.

So, I want to know if this sort of project appeals to anyone else out there. I want to know what sort of dystopian narratives in any sort of medium appeal to those of you who read this blog. And I want to know what are the elements of dystopian narrative that seem to have endless appeal to you and/or the elements, ideas, etc in these types of stories that you feel are too repetitive/played out.

The goal will be start meeting in April of 2008 and use the remainder of the year building a production of Spring 2009.

Who likes this idea? Who is in?

5 comments:

GreyZelda Land said...

This sounds pretty cool, Bob, and we'll be pretty much free come April 2008 (The Skriker opens April 17th).

RZ

GreyZelda Land said...

Dictatorships are always fascinating to me ... Chris read an article about morality over the weekend and a few scenarios were put out to the readers to try to test their moral fiber. One of them was placing the reader in a situation with 10 other people including a newborn baby. The newborn baby isn't the reader's baby. Everyone is in hiding and people are coming into the area. If the people are discovered, everyone will die. So, the reader has to make a decision. Smother the baby to death to save everyone else's lives or not smothering the baby to death. But the reader would be the only one to make the decision or to take action.

What would you do?

That one was very tricky to me. I'll try to find out the article for you because it was really fascinating.

RZ

Anonymous said...

RZ Said:
If the people are discovered, everyone will die. So, the reader has to make a decision. Smother the baby to death to save everyone else's lives or not smothering the baby to death.

I think this was covered on the last episode of M*A*S*H
-Ravin-

Paul said...

I'm curious, gotta admit. Let's talk.

Mary Jo said...

Sounds interesting to me!