The Wave

Updated: Nov 18, 2021




We report on cutting edge innovations and explore cross-disciplinary fusion throughout the theater world. Over the last decade or so, many new genres have ridden the wave to become part of theater lingo.


HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:


INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Verbatim Theater

The favored term for plays constructed from the words of individuals interviewed in reporting on a pivotal events such as the Wyoming murder of Mathew Shepherd and its impact locally and throughout the nation which the Tectonic Theater Company dramatized in its acclaimed The Laramie Project. Or the investigation may focus on a key issue, such as the controversy over the massive real estate development of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards so provocatively brought to the stage by the CiviliansIn The Footprint. This increasingly popular approach brings a powerful sense of authenticity and immediacy to the dramatizing of historical, political and social topics. Celebrated journalist Jeffrey Toobin considers the impact and drawbacks of theater journalism.

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Immersive Theater

Love it or hate it, but there is no denying that Punchdrunk, riding the international success of Sleep No More , has become the world leader in immersive theater. This genre is all about including the audience in the experience-every aspect of the environment is a part of the set and audience members can have one-on-one interactions with the in-character actors. Their latest piece is a collaboration with HBO on a six-part series about a man (played by Jude Law) drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. Founder and Artistic Director Felix Barrett describes the exciting new opportunity to expand the work of their company.



FROM THE GROUND UP

Devised Theater


Chicago-Based experimental theater company The NeoFuturists‘ ensemble works collaboratively, devising performances of striking imagination and visual richness. In their latest, A Story Told in Seven Fights, ensemble member Trevor Dawkins leads a cast of stage combatants in dramatizing the fistfights and theater riots at the turn of the 20th century. We ask A Story Told In Seven Fights Director Tony Santiago about the nature of collaboration when staging a devised piece.