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Erin Jorgensen | Concert Four Feb 25, 2015

The fourth concert took place on Valentine's Day in the upstairs OtB lobby. Thank you to all who attended, and special thanks to OtB Ambassador Chris Weber for making all the treats and valentines! Scroll down for piece sources. Photos by David Lichterman.

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PHOTOS FROM Michelle Ellsworth's CLYTIGATION #2 Feb 25, 2015

CLYTIGATION #2 | Mar 6, 2015 | PERFORMANCES BETWEEN 3 - 5PM | ONLINE APPLICATION AVAILABLE BY 5PM FRI, FEB 27
In Clytigation #2  aka "The Libation Bearer” Ellsworth attempts to deliver what is required to escape the consequences of her bad choices. Because punishment is very difficult to avoid (especially in a 4’X4’X7’ box), “The Libation Bearer” will only be performed for three people who meet the criteria for redemption (one at time).

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PHOTOS FROM Michelle Ellsworth's CLYTIGATION #1 Feb 25, 2015

On November 24, 2014, Michelle Ellsworth performed Clytigation #1 at Seattle's Mediterranean Hotel with dancer Zoe Scofleld.  The work explored corn based hotel accoutrements, surveillance, and ancient community bathroom rituals. Below are some documentary images.

READ MORE ABOUT MICHELLE'S CLYTIGATON PERFORMANCE SERIES HERE.

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The Evening Feb 22, 2015

In The Evening, writer/director Richard Maxwell uses three actors, three musicians, and On the Boards' vast mainstage for a 50-minute exploration of familiar shapes and predictable patterns and what it feels like to break free. As a theater-maker, Maxwell is known in large part for his style, with actors blurting out their bursts of words in a manner that's part flat-affect/part reading-off-a-cuecard, and perfect for their resurrected-cliche personas.

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Is she leading us to extinction or did she find a way out? Feb 22, 2015

The Evening by Richard Maxwell | New York City Players brings to life a world of archetypes, mere shapes, like the signs that depict men and women’s bathrooms. A world lackluster of adornment, stripped of the acting shtick. A world full of presence, musicality, awareness and commitment in the telling of the simplest story. To attain what you desire. A story that began from walking on a street in Toulouse, France seeing a man with an arm in a sling. He is a Fighter. This Fighter must have a Lover. This Lover is a woman, rather a bartender and stripper.

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Spectacle, Specifically Anti-Spectacle Feb 20, 2015

About ten years ago, I saw one of Richard Maxwell’s plays at PS122 in New York. On the sidewalk after the show, I remember my inscrutable playwriting professor proclaiming that Maxwell was the “East Village David Mamet.” As a fan of Maxwell’s work, I was defensive and dismissed the observation as downtown, back-handed snark. However after seeing The Evening, I’m finally seeing the connection. The Evening plays like Brecht on Quaaludes directing a Mamet short.

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Interesting Directions For Performance Feb 20, 2015

Overall, I think The Evening was a step in interesting directions for performance, but didn't fully make it. There was too much attachment to the story and the characters, and it relied on actors to alienate the audience without as much help from the script as could be given. I appreciated the way the flat delivery allowed for the audience to fill in the emotional blanks with a personal story, but the difference in commitment to a lack of character from the actors lead to a confusing performance.

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The eternal burden Feb 20, 2015

The weight of the room is palpable when Beatrice begins telling a story that is clearly not her own. A story full of vivid images, from a Native American man walking into the kitchen unannounced to a struggle with a dying man and his catheter.  And when I say the room I mean, not the fictional place depicted on stage made of cardboard walls and utilitarian furniture, I mean the witnesses of the evening, the audience who bare the eternal burden of watching these actors pretending not to pretend.

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i wish i could have seen it with you Feb 20, 2015

i wish i could have seen it with you. and you and you. i'm glad i saw it with you, and also i wish i could have seen it with you. because bonfire, because bird events, because island, because istanbul. because of the thing you can't prepare for that isn't going to happen, and because we too should celebrate something from a year ago. because of missing people, and because of missing people. because i speak my heart, because i'm not gonna lie, because i like this place. because beer beer beer jello jello. because we too need someone to show us how to fight to the death.

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