Hey, what are all these new works about? As Umbrella Collective counts down to Night of New Works 2018, let's get to know a little about each project. First up, FOILED, lead by Jex Arzayus, Sabrina Crews, and Steven Michael Hall. We asked the team three questions and all three leads responded with their perspective.
What are the main themes and/or questions you are exploring? Why are they important to talk about through art right now?
SC: On the surface, FOILED's a dark comedy about a young humanitarian who gets consumed and vanquished by paranoia. On a deeper level, at least to me, it's about flawed, peculiar people connecting in extraordinary ways, but ultimately failing to understand each other. We've got a dynamic cast of complicated personalities that makes it easy to present this disorienting and timely narrative. As for themes... Well, there's a sort of hysteria surrounding millennials in our culture that's been hard to escape for a while now, and we have a lot of fun toying with the stereotypes perpetuated by pop psychologists, various media outlets and... well basically anyone who isn't a millennial. We also examine fringe theory, specifically the way conspiracy theorists are perceived by society, and whether that perception's still valid, given our dystopic, post-truth climate.
JA: (I think) it's important because we are in a state of distrust in our country now.
What is one thing in your process so far that surprised you?
SC: I'd never devised before. Rehearsals were essentially a series of exercises, and I wondered how integral they'd be to the actual script. Turns out the exercises had an enormous impact. So much of what we developed together as an ensemble is reflected in the play; this is a true collaborative effort.
JA: One process that surprised me was how amazing our cast was at capturing their characters and life-like they brought the story.
SH: Through the devising process our talented ensemble brought our ideas and their characters to life. I was surprised every rehearsal by the wealth of content that was being generated.
If your show was a cocktail or beverage, what would it be?
SC: Wild Turkey cocktail with a twist
JA: I think we should be a viente soy latte with an extra pump of vanilla from Starbucks
SH: Four Loko (original recipe)
Experience three new works created by Beth Ann Powers, Ricardo Beaird, Suzanne Victoria Cross, Jex Arzayus, Sabrina Crews, and Steven Michael Hall. All three pieces performed each night.
September 10 - 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater
810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sliding Scale Tickets: $5 - $20