In the spring of 2016, Walkabout Theater Company ran a workshop and performance of The Cure, a work-in-progress, at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Cure will have its world premiere at Links Hall in the fall of 2017.
About the Show
“The Cure is Walkabout’s next ensemble-devised performance:
A decaying greenhouse beckons from the banks of a mighty river. A group of doctors, patients, and figures from mythology are pulled from different moments in history into the shelter of its glass walls by a common search – they are all seeking a cure for their condition, something that will transcend certain fate and immobilize death. In this magical purgatory, haunted by mythic figures, snake-oil salesmen and angels, time is frozen and a bargain can be struck. The seekers must confront their own desire to stay stuck. How can we risk hope when a cure is nowhere to be found? What do we sacrifice when we fight to keep things the same? How much loss must we endure?
Following the ancient rhythms of Greek and Hindu mythology, set to a Viennese Waltz and pulling from the canon of 1980’s heartbreak power ballads, and spinning through original movement and dance inspired by the orbit of the planetary realms and the laws from Kepler and Newton, THE CURE looks at how we plant the seeds of hope in an uncertain future and where we can find the strength to continue searching for a cure.”
Kendra Miller, Director
Dina Klahn, Stage Manager
Alex Rodriguez, Assistant Director
Noah Applebaum, Production Manager
Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Scenic Design
Jeffrey Hancock, Costume Design
Michael Banks, Lighting Design
Cooper Forsman with Ryan Ingebritsen, Sound Design
Co-created and performed by the Walkabout ensemble: Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, Thom Pasculli, and Paul Scudder with special guest collaborators Anirudh Nair and Amba-Suhasini Jhala
With commissioned text by Emma Stanton.
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