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Fatebook at The 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

Fatebook at The 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

FATEBOOK: Avoiding Catastrophe One Party at a Time

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Produced and Created by New Paradise Laboratories

A performance theatre work presented by the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The performance is live, both in online and in real-space. The audience attends in both places.

Follow thirteen 20-somethings through the trials and tribulations of modern life—with a difference. First, the characters live in cyberspace. Their lives intersect with each other and with audience members through a variety of social media networks. Then in September, in a real space performance, it all careens toward a momentous night—the FATEBOOK party—where time stops, computers crash, and it’s now or never. And the ghost and the body part ways. And all bets are off. And nobody can say what’s real. And relief is in sight. And all matter collapses in on itself in a punishing gravitational catastrophe. And the lights go out for good. And it all gets really, really real…

Friend In: July 8, ’09
Website: July 8, ’09
Next Party: Early August ’09
Live Performance: Sept. 4-18, ’09

Written by Whit MacLaughlin and the Company
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
Set and Media Design: Matt Saunders
Media and Projection Design: Jorge Cousineau
Lighting Design: Drew Biliau
Costume Design: Alison Johnson
Sound Design: Whit MacLaughlin
Media Consultants: Educated Guess Work
Web Design: Jeremy Beaudry
Production Manager: Emily Rea
General Manager: Inger Hatlen
Tour Management: Barbara Hogue and ART Work Projects

THE COMPANY: Alex Bechtel, Kate Brennan, Moriah Cebollero, Samantha Kristina Clarke, David Greene, Delante Keys, Nhut Le, Emily Letts, Tom Osborne, Jesse Paulsen, Rachel Radenberg, Cindy Spitko, Anne MacGillivray Wilson

PLUS: 100 fictional characters in a surrounding cloud of participation


FATEBOOK was funded in part by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative. This project is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Executive Producers: Lenny Haas and Mary Lee Bednarek

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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