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EXCLUSIVE: How Simon McBurney Builds Imagination in The Encounter

The Broadway storyteller pulls back the veil on his solo show.

Simon McBurney, creator and star of Broadway's The Encounter, uses just a few microphones and water bottles to tell an elaborate story of one man's travels through the Amazon. Audiences are consequently asked to come to the John Golden Theatre prepared to engage their imaginations — a tool eagerly harnessed by McBurney and his creative team throughout the piece's development. Take a look as McBurney and his fellow artists take us behind the scenes into The Encounter's creation and explain why memory and imagination are not-so-distant cousins.

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