the theatre is an blank page is a collaboration between artist Anne Hamilton and SITI Company. It's early inspiration was a product of SITI Company's involvement in Anne Hamilton's massive installation work, "The Event Of A Thread" at the 5th Ave Armory in New York City in 2013.
Persians by Aeschylus is the earliest known extant play in the European cannon. A deeply mysterious play written in a time when theater as we know it was still being born, about a hubris riddled civilization that was being destroyed by the culture which created the play.
The project was born in a conversation between the composer Julia Wolfe, one of the three composers of Bang on a Can, and Anne Bogart. Julia had written an oratorio entitled Steel Hammerand we began to discuss collaboration between SITI Company and the Bang on a Can All Stars towards a music theater piece that would transform Julia’s oratorio into a dramatic music-theater piece.
The work premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2014, with recorded music. Then, in the fall of 2015, SITI and the musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars collaborated to create the fullest version yet of this music-theater piece. This complete realization of Steel Hammer had its first performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, before touring around the country throughout the fall and culminating in the New York premiere at BAM in December.
A collage of America today, inspired by Norman Rockwell and contemporary installation artist Jason Rhoades, Charles Mee’s play juxtaposes the Fifties and the present, red states and blue, where we grew up and where we live now—a piece that is, like America, permanently under construction.
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