at The Cubiculo in Carlisle, PA
co-created devised piece by
Kent Barrett, Mary Olin Geiger, and the following contributors:
Thomas A. Downs
Monica Lopez Soler
In this co-devised performance, Kent Barrett and I created a space that was originally inspired by the feeling of Milton’s Paradise Lost and musician Grant Hart’s musical retelling of the epic in an album called The Argument. After transforming the Cubiculo Black Box Theater, we invited members of our Carlisle, PA community to perform in what felt like a familiar but unsettling kaleidoscope apartment+church in sensory overload. Experience with performance as well as age and professional background varied among the group, and we asked them to explore a sequence of tasks related to their individual experiences. The structure of the performance was based on an Anglican church service, and we tried to evoke rituals through repetitive, improvisational live music, readings, and procession.