MAPLE AND VINE /
A new play written by Jordan Harrison exploring technology and society
November 19 — December 23, 2011
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Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their fast-paced modern lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950's re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively recreated world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by how much they are willing to sacrifice for happiness.
The research process that inspired the fictional narrative of this show included interviewing members of various religious sects, tribes, and cults, as well as technological engineers and media specialists.
Maple and Vine was commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It was originally developed by The Civilians, and written with support from the Guggenheim and Hodder Fellowships. It also received developmental support from Playwrights Horizons, the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School New Works Festival, and the Kesselring Fellowship through the Orchard Project and the National Arts Club.
CREATIVE TEAM /
Maple and Vine received its initial reading directed by Anne Kauffman at New Dramatists in New York in September of 2009. It was workshopped in the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival in Colorado in June of 2010.
It received its world premiere directed by Anne Kauffman at the Humana Festival for New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville March 4 through April 3, 2011. It was at the Next Theatre in Chicago and Playwrights Horizons in the 2011-12 season.
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