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'The Archeology of Whimsy'

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Strand Theater (MD)/Synapse Productions (NYC)
Jamila Reddy & Lian Walden, dirs./creators

Production Description

Seeking collaborators of all kinds for the first stage of development of "The Archeology of Whimsy". This two-week devising workshop will focus on story & character development while integratating multiple artforms. Production states: "Currently in its embryonic stages, The Archeology of Whimsy [working title] is a multidisciplinary storytelling spectacle that seeks to explore cultural biases and identity, urban alienation, interconnectivity and synchronicity, the power of myth and imagination, the whimsicality of the mundane, and the alchemy through which the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The story takes place in New Orleans and features a female protagonist, orphaned at birth, whose existential disorientation propels her to conduct a series of imaginative experiments in human connectivity to discover what causes a person to identify someone as “other” rather than “brother.” The show features a large, diverse cast of characters (a Haitian janitor, a Russian opera singer, a Nigerian ballerina, a Moroccan mapmaker, etc.) whose idiosyncrasies, bordering on the surreal, are at the root of their interconnectivity. Live music (especially Gypsy Jazz) will be an integral storytelling component.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsal hours TBD; workshop takes place April 6-19 at the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. *Note: We are breaking down the workshop into several distinct components. If you are not available for the entire two weeks but are still interested in being involved, please do submit your info!

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Production states: "Unfortunately, are unable to compensate collaborators at this stage in the process. We are, however, committed to equal opportunity and access. Communicate your needs so that we can brainstorm how to facilitate your participation. We’re very resourceful."


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