Catherine Glynn’s A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater), Lanesboro Arts, and Commonweal Theatre proudly present Audacious Re-Imagined Theatre, a series of virtual performances rooted in Lanesboro, MN starting on Monday, May 25th. All of these events will be available via A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater) and Lanesboro Arts Facebook pages and lanesboroarts.org.
In reaction to COVID 19, sheltering in place orders, and local arts organizations having to pivot and shift in the pandemic’s wake, performing artist, playwright, and producer Catherine Glynn made the decision to re-imagine year four of A.R.T. After three years of A.R.T.’s format of seven performers creating seven or more new works in seven days, Year Four will take on a new iteration: Four for Four!
Borne of creative chaos, A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater) is Catherine’s brainchild. Galvanized by her collaborative and experimental work with the Robert Wilson, Tadashi Suzuki, Rude Mechs, SITI Company (Saratoga International Theater Institute), Collaboraction, and Sushi Dance Studio in San Diego A.R.T. is a multi-year initiative to foster the creation and development of new theatrical works.
This year’s pared-down ensemble will include devised theater-maker and educator, Jerome Yorke, Jr. of Cincinnati; actor, filmmaker and educator Hilary Williams of Chicago, and St. Paul-based teacher, composer, performer Eric Carranza (one of Lanesboro Arts’ 2019 Artists in Residence).
Building on their unique chemistry, this collaborative quartet will utilize the virtual world to brainstorm and create devised works based on Glynn’s latest play, The Root River Anthology, which is being co-produced as a Radio Play/podcast with The Commonweal Theatre. The four ARTists will use The Root River Anthology’s dreamlike background to springboard into their originally scheduled 2020 theme of “More than a Dream”. Their new work will lean into surrealism and the chaos that currently surrounds us.
A.R.T. Year Four will erupt in daily virtual content starting the week of May 25th. These virtual events will lead up to the virtual opening of “The Root River Anthology”, a ticketed virtual performance happening in collaboration with A.R.T., Lanesboro Arts, and Commonweal Theatre on May 30.
Prepare to be surprised, delighted, and inspired in a way that only A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater) can provide! Audiences are encouraged to engage in all content as each performance is unique. Because of the groups’ deep belief in free speech, and the unpredictable nature of improv, the work is uncensored and audiences of ages 12 and up are recommended.
Stay tuned: Each of the four A.R.T. players will offer virtual community classes and one-on-one coaching sessions in poetry, solo performance, dynamic movement, and songwriting throughout the month of June! More info on lanesboroarts.org as it becomes available.
This event is presented by A.R.T., Lanesboro Arts, and Commonweal Theatre, and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub, and Granny’s Liquor.
Chicago_Lanesboro: Life is a Dream
Day 5 Today, our first offering is the sound of HOPE. From our inaugural year, A.R.T. ensemble member Benjamin Charles Marolf created a soundscape full of love and connection. Throughout the past three years, A.R.T. Core Ensemble Member, Hilary Williams documented moments of moving through Lanesboro, Minnesota in Fillmore County as she created her lovely moving works. This year she is in Chicago, connecting with us over Zoom and adding her visions and voice to our Re-Imagined Year Four... Ben's beautiful music underscores Hilary's images. Paired together, they are More than a Dream.Thanks for the memories. And as always, thank you Lanesboro Arts for providing us an Artistic Home, and a place to express ourselves.Posted by ART-Audacious Raw Theater on Friday, May 29, 2020
A.R.T. Four: More than a Dream
A.R.T. is born of chaos, and of chaos we try to make sense. From the pandemonium of the pandemic a whole new reality for theatre artists is being devised. We as the 2020 A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater) invite you into our process, and then to join us on your own journey with us (stayed tuned for more details on that!)This video marks the beginning of our Raw & Re-Imagined adventure.Posted by ART-Audacious Raw Theater on Monday, May 25, 2020
Breathing life into Mrs O.
As a tribute to Eric Carranza on his birthday—his haunting music from his album Root River Vibes is what lays beneath the earth of this story. Originally told by Paul Hamman and dramatized by Jeremy van Meter.These are some of the images that come to mind when I start thinking about the future staging of The Root River Anthology.Part 1 of The Root River Anthology Radio Play will premiere at the Commonweal Theatre Company on May 30th at 7:30 pm. Part 2 will be available on June 6th at 7:30pm.Posted by ART-Audacious Raw Theater on Tuesday, May 26, 2020