Oct 25 - 27, 2018
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Thu, Oct 25, 8 pm
Fri, Oct 26, 8 pm
Sat, Oct 27, 3 pm
Sat, Oct 27, 8 pm
AFTER uses haze, strobe, sound spatialization technology, and a prolonged period of total darkness.
$30 week of
$70 covers the average, per-ticket cost of staging a production at On the Boards
Under 25: $12 advance or $15 week of
Seniors 65+: $23 advance or $25 week of
TeenTix member: $5
Sliding Scale Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on a sliding scale ($10-$70) for the Sat. Oct 27, 3 pm show.
Andrew Schneider’s performances push theater into new experiences that defy easy categorization. These live works combine hallucinatory techniques and stretch the language of theater into new dimensions. Schneider, along with his recurring collaborators, will present two parts of an existential trilogy about what it means to be alive in the world today. Exploring our modern life and the relationships we have to technology and other humans, Schneider’s two works will sit back to back as chapters 1 (YOUARENOWHERE, Oct 18-20) and 2 (AFTER, Oct 25–27).
AFTER is a mind-bending performance examination of what constitutes a single life and the endless possible outcomes at the precise moment of death. Collaborators Alicia ayo Ohs, Alessandra Calabi, and Bobby McElver join Schneider to continue their trademark exploration of hyper-precise live theatrical experiences. AFTER combines intense light and sound effects with a physical performance that seamlessly integrates a rapid-fire flow of text blending pathos and humor with intelligence and vulnerability. Through the use of various theatrical devices—digital effects and pulsating sensory extremes—there emerges a poignant, shared consciousness about perceiving where we are, how we got here, and what comes AFTER.
YOUARENOWHERE is a separately ticketed event and not included in the Subscription Series.
"Schneider and his crack team of creative collaborators have near-perfected their own brand of intelligent spectacle"
“Hallucinatory. Psychotropic. Miraculous. A show like Andrew Schneider’s AFTER invites baroque descriptors. But I should probably just tell you that for most of the show I thought the stage was floating. The stage was not floating.” (full review)
— Alexis Soloski, the New York Times
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Thu, Oct 25: Studio Supper
Our Studio Suppers series brings art lovers together for a fantastic family-style, pre-show dinner prepared by one of Seattle's finest chefs. Learn more
Fri, Oct 26: Post-Show Discussion with the Artists
Following the 8 pm performance of AFTER join us for a post-show discussion where the artistic team will answer questions from the audience about the performance and their creative process.
Sat, Oct 27, 3 pm: Childcare available for this performance
Sweet Pea Cottage School of the Arts will be leading an arts workshop titled 'GLOW' just for kids ages 2-10. Learn more
Sat, Oct 27, 4:30 pm: Coffee & Conversation hosted by Washington Ensemble Theatre
Join us immediately after the 3 pm show for Coffee & Conversation with Andrew Schneider, hosted by Washington Ensemble Theatre's Associate Artistic Director, Bobbin Ramsey. (With free coffee of course!) Learn more
About the Artist
Andrew Schneider is an OBIE award-winning, Drama Desk-nominated performer, writer, and interactive-electronics artist who has created original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Rooted at the intersection of performance and technology, Schneider’s work critically investigates our over-dependence on being perpetually connected in an always-on world.
Schneider’s original performance work includes YOUARENOWHERE (winner of the 2015 OBIE award; nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk award), DANCE/FIELD (2014), TIDAL (2013), WOW+FLUTTER (2010), and many more. He was a resident artist at the University of Chicago where he created TRUE+FALSE (2007), and STRATEGIES AGAINST ARCHITECTURE (2008) among other works. Schneider’s wearable, interactive electronic art works include the Solar Bikini (a bikini that charges your iPod) and wireless programmable sound effect gloves. His interactive work has been featured in publications such as Artforum and Wired and presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Schneider was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007–2014.
Photo: Maria Baranova
AFTER is a co-commission of EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. AFTER was developed in residence at EMPAC Rensselaer as well as during a residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY and as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program. Wave Field Synthesis courtesy of EMPAC Rensselaer. AFTER is supported in part/made possible by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.