The piece finds three women and one man compulsively dissecting the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, human rights, and the gender identification rules of Vermont. It's as if four anxious, petit bourgeois strangers find themselves at 8am in the backyard of a mutual friend's August retreat, a half-mile from the coast of Cherbourg or Seattle. Or it's as if four precocious children were abandoned in a Math/Science Center on a rainy, late-autumn Saturday morning. Or as if people do theater, in 2012, despite...things.
Employing an associative, collage-like structure along with a strong, spare focus on visual design and movement, All the Indifferent Children of the Earth eschews traditional dramatic syntax while clinging to the emotional stakes and psychological reasoning that inform quotidian, post-everything existence. This piece features an extensive, initial collaboration between video designer Asa Gauen and writer/director Eric Bland, along with the artistry of longtime OKRT collaborator Abernathy Bland.
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