What it is
Genesis and Nemesis is a 3-act play that uses elements of traditional theater, performance art, ritual, music, dance, Reiki, installation, video, and special effects to tell a story that is both a celebration and cautionary tale. There is no stage or assigned seating. Everything inside the theater will be the stage, and when you enter you will become part of the world where Genesis and Nemesis takes place, which is inside a post-apocalyptic compound . The audience can experience the show as either observers or participants, though the performers will never interact directly with the audience they will have opportunities to react, assist and even collaborate.
I have invited some of the most inspiring artists, musicians, healers, and activists in Chicago to work collaboratively with me.
The play is scheduled to run the first two weekends in September at Church of Templehead, a Chicago diy gallery and venue that has been working since April to transform the space for this event.
Why I'm doing this
We need new myths to reflect a changing world. One where the threat of human extinction is not just a prophecy or a scary story, but an actual possibility. We need parables that reflect our current reality and that offer hope and possibility that we can create a better future. I like science fiction because though it deals with times and places that are different from our own, it also reflects potential outcomes of current events. History books are presented as fact and philosophy can be intimidating. I have always found the subjectivity of fiction and the vulnerability of live performance is an effective way to share your ideas.
While our evolving technology allows us to communicate more easily and with larger groups of people, that has lead to unique, intimate events that are meant to be experienced in person more of a rarity. Because of the videos which work in tandem with the live performance this is a project that can not be replicated. I am combining traditional theater with the technology that in many ways has replaced it. We tend to think of progress as something newer and better replacing what came before it, but I believe true progress should seek to connect the past and future.
What your donation will go towards
Renting or buying the lights, projectors, props, costumes, etc. Compensating the cast and crew for all of their unpaid hours of hard work. Advertising, publicity, and creating promotional works of art that will serve as programs, posters, and keepsakes. Making sure that tickets are affordable and accessible for anyone who wants to see this show.
Risks and challenges
Since there is such a large cast there is always the possibility of illness or emergency, but the closer we get to the show the more people we will be adding to our team to assist with stage management, promotion, and tech, so we should be able to handle any unforeseen circumstances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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