New Paradise Laboratories + The Riot Group present FREEDOM CLUB by Adriano Shaplin directed by Whit MacLaughlin
"I conquered my dreams!" --John Wilkes Booth
A fierce, undead tension animates the American frontier: the struggle between the freedom of the individual and the question of who or what belongs in the club. Freedom Club is a savage comedy about the delirium and danger in American extremism, a hallucination on national themes. It time-travels from a feverish dream-play starring Shakespearean assassin John Wilkes Booth to Virginia, 2015, where a determined group of self-styled radicals are rapidly coming unglued. Funny, lyrical, and provocative, Freedom Club is the result of an intense collaboration between New York experimental theater company The Riot Group, known for their potent barrage of language, and New Paradise Laboratories, who are famous for their witty and dynamic physicality. Together the two companies present a Lincoln White House full of prophetic visions, a Tea Party from beyond the grave, and a group of feckless separatists careening to their destiny.
"Epic theatre possessing a unique, violent, and total language, at once written, spoken, and played." (CultureBot)
"Superb, sexy, scary...a visual pleasure... hilarious... dazzling...a daring mash-up." (Variety)