About this project
The Car Show, a part theater, part drive-in movie, part car-wash spectacle.
Part theater, part drive-in movie, part car-wash, and part radio experiment, The Car Show re-examines the idea that the world will remain familiar, remain separate, and that, as spectators, we will be the ones traveling through it.
...And it is all available to you from the comfort of your own car!
Daron, a late-twenty-something year old man and his underage girlfriend, Geneva, who sit in his car in a parking lot, trying to communicate despite the realities of power, age, and taboo that exist between them.
The audience members drive and park their cars around the two in their car. The audience sit inside their cars, listening to a transmission of the would-be-lovers' conversation. They catch the finer points of the drama on a projection screen, where larger than life close-ups of the lovers can be seen.
As the two attempt to make a connection, modes of communication get confused, transmissions are high-jacked and manipulated, and the space between interiors gets tired of being a transparent conduit. Through this and direct manipulation of the cars (think automatic car washes, the soap covering all the windows), the audience is led into an exploration of the boundaries between the Interior and the Exterior. Our voyeuristic view towards the world on the other side of car windows, and the expected voyeurism of spectator to spectacle, is challenged. This forces the audience and the characters to re-examine the idea that the world will remain familiar, remain separate, and that the spectators will be the ones traveling through it. For our production we will be relying on alternative spaces, volunteers, and resources. We are looking to create something that, by its very nature and form, the normal marketplace would not, really cannot, create. As such we have very limited choices when it comes to financing. Grants are being pursued, but the timeline for grantwriting still leaves the work not getting underway for a year. So, we look to you, our colleagues, friends, and those people who we count on to support good theatre to help develop and bring this work into being.
The Car Show IsWriter/Director: Christopher Cole Design: Emily Auble Martin Gimenez Caitlin Lainoff Hunter Wells 2009 Workshop Cast: Joel Egger Sarah Jones Ashley Kemper Paula Rebelo
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