Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Church of the Friendly Ghost
by the Insurgent Theatre of Philadelphia
followed by avant-garde music from the Waco Girls
In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus (Ulysses) made his sailors block their ears with wax so they could not hear the song of the Sirens who lured ships onto the rocks. Ulysses had them tie him to the mast so that he could hear the song.
From the promotional video:
"You will come to be entertained. . . [to have] something to chat about, an excuse to shallowly socialize. Capitalism has reduced art to this: a stylish pastime for a society that wants to stay distracted, pacified, and blind. No matter how meaningful and honest the content of this drama is, it is still Fashion. I do not want to participate in this kind of art, and I don't have to. I can produce drastically different art. We can creat a new mode of production, a new economy for art. This is the best way I know of to escape fashion, and to say what we mean honestly and with integrity . . .(from the play:) The profound hypocrisy of bourgeois civilization lies unveiled before our eyes. . . ."
Insurgent Theatre has been producing radical plays since 2003 and touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but is now located in Philadelphia. Our current project is Ulysses' Crewmen, an hour long radical minimalist play that's been touring non-traditional theatre spaces across the midwest and east coast since September 2009.