Previews Oct 12, 2017
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Neo-Lab's 2016-17 commission, Tangles & Plaques, attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theater — offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. Creator Kirsten Riiber and director Jen Ellison conduct a symphony of impossible tasks and egregious forgery with the help of the audience and a cast including Riiber, Kaitlyn Andrews, Ida Cuttler, Justin Deming, Mike Hamilton, Nick Hart, and Dan Kerr-Hobert. With guidance from Memory Care director Alex Schwaninger, a professional counselor at the local Bethany Retirement Community, the ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories — how they persist, when they depart, and the ways they distort over time.