OtB Ambassador project by Chris Weber, Daemond Arrindell, Jim Holt, and Tina LaPadula
We are generating a collective community response to themes in the upcoming show - The Man Who Can Forget Anything at On the Boards, Oct 9 - 12, 2014. Please share anonymously on our Google form HERE, and your memories will be included in an installation in the On the Boards lobby before and after performances.
Answer one, some, or all of the questions in the form. Responses can be lengthy or small; a half-formed idea, or phrase, a texture, flavor, feeling, word, image, smell, or tidbit of a lyric. Memories can be complex, simple or fragmented.
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Your creative collaborators,
by Shin Yu Pai
I was surprised and fascinated by the unintended Buddhist undercurrents in Germinal. The actors blossom in their awareness of language, perception, and ego – and the role that thought plays in manifesting reality. As the actors divided their experiences into “poc poc” (material) and “not poc poc” (immaterial) and somewhere in between – “ouch and poc poc” (i.e. the suffering of getting hit on the head with a mic), the categorizations began to break down into what human beings are able to attach value to. The joy of being together – i.e. presence, as a formless and empty abstract concept, but one that resonates with the “poc poc” of the heart experience. The moment when Antoine, Hallory, and Ondine join hands on stage and move through love, compassion, embarrassment, and discomfort, was a powerful moment of presence and witnessing and engagement.
The four actors end up in a “skanky swamp” – analogous to the place where the symbol of enlightenment, the lotus flower, blooms. In...
by Anouk Orillon
It started with lights flickering and it gave me the thought that they were having technical difficulties but in fact that was part of the story. Lights led to movements which led to words, French words English words and Japanese words too! The characters were needing to figure out everything in their universe from the beginning and communication was the first thing on the list ! I don't know what else to say except that it was spectacular and made me think about things I have never thought of before. The storyline, the abstract feel of it all. It was truly a wonderful experience.
Anouk Orillon is a 12-year-old grade 7 student at the French American School of Puget Sound. She enjoys writing scripts for her movies.
by Benjamin Orillon
Germinal is a very fertile show that successfully renders the complexity of human kind from a social, science and philosophical perspectives without loosing its sense or non-sense . The humor and “decalage” shade a light tone and contribute to a very celebratory and stimulating performance. The use of both French and English languages looks like rather a fine-tuning of show than an outcome of constraints demonstrating the creators’’ skills to maintain the performance quirky and whimsy.
What a great “trouvaille” to carry on human need for understanding and explaining in such a funny way ; The Poc-poc categorization that works in both languages: abstract, concept, feelings, audience, us…
Germinal ends up using all arrays of drama arts and mingle many cultures and languages to portray a genuine and ideal world! Not sure it was the first intent but it’s a fun and invigorating! En attendant le prochain...
by Jessica Wesley
When Antoine Defoort & Halory Goerger's GERMINAL was described to me, the first thing that came to mind was the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, which explores, "How our planet would respond without the relentless pressure of human presence." I imagined our four newly conscious humans perplexedly making their way through the detritus of our once brilliant civilization. I think I may need take a break from reading dystopian fiction...
In actuality, GERMINAL is nearly the reverse, as four human beings discover their own consciousness and begin to explore and shape a brand new universe inside the four walls of the theatre without any preconceived notions or expectations.
Technology was nearly a fifth character in the play, having an invaluable role in the development of this universe. The team of new humans discover their ability to communicate through text and technology first, their thoughts projected on panels on the back wall. They only test the power...
by Vanguard Seattle
"Germinal at On the Boards could be described as 'an acclaimed French play that humorously addresses ontological and epistemological concepts—and teleology—with a minimalist set.' In the parlance of the play itself, it might also be described as 'not poc poc.' In the future, I will simply say it is one of the most refreshing, exuberant and clever explorations of human consciousness I have ever seen on the stage.
Germinal’s absurdly sweet—and largely visual—narrative uses every tool at its disposal in the theatre. Its opening jest uses the house lights themselves to let the audience know a playful omniscience is in control, before plunging into a silent void that begins a journey of discovery and reconciliation. There is no spoken dialog for the first thirty minutes or so, but the room was still full of laughter. By the end of the 90-minute...
by Richard Lefebvre
Receiving encrypted information of a societal reset, discovering language like deciphering ancient paintings of spaceships on rocks carbon-dated to over a million years old. Pulling tools out of the ground which eventually is revealed for what it is: a swamp of indifference inhabited by simple single-cell entities that will eventually leave the swamp and grow legs and arms to masturbate and fight with each other. The final worshipping of false idols the god of distortion rises above all else, even though the signals emanate from the lower world, the underground where secrets have been long buried. They accept all as truth because it is if they say it is, they reveal themselves as fully integrated beings whose computers have become like blocky versions of first generation video racing games, their consiousness merges with computer chips become exponentially smaller through nanotube technology to the point of being manipulated on an atomic...
OtB's production crew gets busy with the French tech team as they put together the intricate and multi-layered set for GERMINAL.
Sep 25 - 28, 2014 | BUY TICKETS