What a piece of work is a man!
How noble in reason. How infinite in faculties,
in form and moving how express and adminrable,
in action how like angel, in apprehension how like a God!
The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals -- and yet, to
me, what is this quintessence of dust?
Mixing live performance with algorithms and interfaces, A Piece of Work
flips the switch between man and machine in a digital Hamlet for
a post-humanist age. The spectator is absorbed in a swirl of connections
amongst memory, language and technology, implicating
both the past and future of theatre itself.
Actors Scott Shepherd and Joan MacIntosh perform alongside computers,
automated lighting systems, sound and video that have all been programmed to
generate a new production of the play nightly. New scenes, songs,
scores and visuals emerge from an intricate and ingeniously programmed
web of technology that uses Shakespeare's original text as data.
Many thanks to our Kickstarter backers: Adam E. Max, Joanna Gilbertson,
Sarah MacArthur, Okwui Okpokwasili, Katherine Profeta, Emily Bercir Zimmerman,
Jenny Gersten, GlobalFest, Kelli, Joey Parnes, Keith Davis, Dennis Feldman,
Thomas Uldrick, Colleen Werthmann, Zeke Farrow, Antje Oegel, Liam O'Malley,
Shanta Thake, Matt Kugelman, Christen Clifford, Carleigh Welsh, Morgan Jenness,
Paul Tigue, Jacqui Starkey, Moose, Maya Gurantz, Naomi, Nick Bixby, Natalie Nevares,
Kate Howard, Jennifer Dorsen, Yaa Samar! Dance Theater, Rafael Gallegos,
Melanie Armer, Maria Luisa Gambale, Anita Merk, Jeremy Douglass, Katie Dixon.
Director/Concept: Annie Dorsen
Performance: Scott Shepherd/Joan Macintosh
Systems Programmer: Mark Hansen
Scenic/Video: Jim Findlay
Sound and Network Design: Greg Beller
Lighting Design: Bruno Pocheron/Ruth Waldeyer
Associate Programmer: Dylan Fried
Additional Programming: Scott Shepherd, Paul Calley
Associate Video Designer: Ryan Holsopple
Management: Alexandra Rosenberg
On the Boards, Seattle: February 21-24, 2013
Oslo Black Box: March 14 & 15, 2013
BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen: March 20 & 21, 2013
Brut, Vienna: April 5 & 6, 2013
De Keuze Festival, Rotterdam: September 27-28, 2013
Théâtre-Villette, Paris: November 19-23, 2013
Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC: December 18-21, 2013