»The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons. A Record Album Interpretation«
Eric Berryman, Jasper McGruder, Philip Moore Performance
Kate Valk Direction
Elizabeth LeCompte Production Design
Ryan Seelig, Evan Anderson Lighting
Eric Sluyter Sound
Robert Wuss, Irfan Brkovic Video
Enver Chakartash Costumes
Gareth Hobbs Musical Direction
Erin Mullin Stage Management
Bona Lee Production Management
Since 1975 the Wooster Group has been bringing together artists from a wide variety of disciplines and is internationally regarded as an innovative pioneer of radical experimental theatre. In their highly acclaimed programme »THE B-SIDE« the ensemble explores the album »Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons«, issued in 1965 – a collection of convict work songs and spirituals, recorded and collected by Bruce Jackson. With stories of lost loves, violence and physical labour that repeats itself ad infinitum the three performers give a stage to the prisoners’ voices, thus themselves becoming a mouthpiece for a tradition that goes back to the beginnings of slavery
and racist oppression. The act of listening becomes a process that speaks to and heightens all the senses – and the only objects the Wooster Group needs to achieve this are a desk, a microphone and an audio board.
In cooperation with Schauspiel Stuttgart.
Information and tickets available at: www.schauspiel-stuttgart.de
Image © Teddy Wolff