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 know 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. Now, this fall SITI and the musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars will collaborate to create the fullest version yet of this music-theater piece. This complete realization of Steel Hammer will have its first performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, before touring around the country throughout the fall.
September 26 Steel Hammer Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Urbana, IL Tickets
October 23 - 24 Steel Hammer Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Tickets November 17 Steel Hammer Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA Tickets
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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