The Talking Band presents its production of Party Time, a music-theater work written and directed by Paul Zimet, composed by Peter Gordon, with video by Kit Fitzgerald.
Frankie and Sal are soldiers in an armored combat vehicle engaged in a desert war. The information they receive about their allies, their enemies and the surrounding terrain, is transmitted to them by the electronic equipment of the tank - radio, radar, and video. Yet they are revealed in the most human of situations - two people facing death. Frankie's and Sal's journey is a descent into hell, but there are diversions, comedy, and, even, epiphanies along the way. They find themselves in increasingly bleak and brutal circumstances, in which their own actions are, at times, appalling, yet, paradoxically, they also sense with greater intensity their fragile and precious mortality.
***Following the Sunday matinee performances, three artists present works which powerfully transmit - without polemics - how our lives are shaped by politics. These events are free to ticket holders for Party Time.
January 7 - Songs of Ned Sublette
January 14 - Photographs of Suzanne Opton
January 21 - Poetry of D. Nurkse