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In Performance: Love Machine at Incubator Arts Project May 10-19, 2013 (NYC)


Love Machine
Tickets $18 General, $14 Students / Purchase in advance at , or call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101. Performances May 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 / 8pm

I n c u b a t o r A r t s P r o j e c t
inside St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th Street, at Second AvenueL to First or Third Avenue
R, W to Broadway/8th Street; 6 to Astor Place; N, Q, 4, 5 to Union Square

Love Machine is created to reflect the current trend of the way humans have come to rely on technology. Continuing a long collaboration between theater and technology, the Love Machine team uses interactive, commercially available technologies, combined with improvisation and character-based writing techniques, to create a live experience blasting forward into the future and asking the questions of tomorrow.

In Part 1, the team explores the 1974 launch and abandonment of the space station Skylab through the loving eyes of Cindy, a lonely girl with no date to prom. Enter Skylab: a man-made satellite, strangely reminiscent of Fred Astaire. Together they embark on a musical journey through outer space.

Part 2 takes us to the year 2050 for a guest lecture on Transhumanism, a movement focused on furthering the human condition by means of science and technology. The talk is led by the robotically preserved consciousness of a transgender scientist and is followed by an audience Q & A.

Part 3 is a high tech interactive dance piece that asks the simple question: how does a disembodied consciousness find love?

Delving into the boom in interactive technology infiltrating live theater, Love Machine belongs to this new wave of work dedicated to broadening the medium’s relevance and engaging the shifting tastes and expanding expectations of the modern-day theater going audience. These tools bring communication and responsiveness closer to the authentic moment of the present and are directly in line with the objectives of live performance and the pursuit of audience engagement. The Love Machine team is working to create a 21st century toolbox and, by utilizing the capabilities of today’s technology in unexpected ways, allowing us to imagine the stories of tomorrow.


Director: Andrew Scoville

Producer/Company Manager: Karina Martins
Produced in association with Imaginary Media and FGPNYC
Interactive Technology Design: Dave Tennent, IMA
Projection Design: Kate Freer, IMA & Alex Koch, IMA
Original Score and Sound Design: James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis
Set Design: Gabriel Evansohn
Costume Design: Emily Peterson
Lighting Design: Joe Cantalupo
Choreographic Consultant: Sam Pinkleton

Performers: Nikki Calonge, James Harrison Monaco, Sean Roshman, Lynne Rosenberg* & Bina48

Written and developed by the cast and creative team.

*Actors Equity Association Approved showcase

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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