Lucky Plush Productions with 500 Clown:
Work-in-progress showing of The Better Half
Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 6–6 pm
Go behind-the-scenes with choreographer Julia Rhoads of Lucky Plush and theater director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig of 500 Clown, and their performers as they work on creating The Better Half, a new commission by MCA Stage. This work-in-progress showing is a rare glimpse at the creative process while the artists learn and adapt each other’s different techniques. Join us for a brief performance and discussion with the artists.
The Better Half updates Gaslight, the Victorian-era melodrama about a wife’s manipulation by her husband into believing she is insane. This unprecedented collaboration by two of Chicago’s best experimental groups crosses the boundaries between 1880s and 2011 for a searing investigation into relationships and our evolving tendencies to anxiety, vulnerability, and violence.
During a week-long residency at the MCA this June, the artists are developing an original script as well as the lighting, costume, and set designs for The Better Half, which receives its world premiere at MCA Stage in October 2011.