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Inspired by The Grapes of
The Builders Association
Directed by Marianne Weems
From Obie Award-winning company The Builders Association and director Marianne Weems comes HOUSE / DIVIDED, a high-tech hymn to America's dispossessed. Alternating between vignettes from John Steinbeck's Depression-era novel The Grapes of Wrath and stories of contemporary foreclosure and finance, the work revolves around onstage remnants of an actual foreclosed home as it is inhabited, abandoned, repurposed, collateralized, securitized, and ultimately destroyed. On multiple screens and on stage, stirring personal testimonials contrast with a digital vision of our highly automated, mediated global market system, creating a distinctly 21st-century portrait of human struggle in the face of an uncertain financial future.
Written by Moe Angelos and James Gibbs
Sound design and composition by Dan Dobson
Video design by Austin Switser
Lighting designer Jennifer Tipton
Associate lighting designer Laura Mroczkowski
Set design by John Cleater and Neal Wilkinson
Co-produced by Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University
Co-commissioned by BAM for the 2012 Next Wave Festival
THE GRAPES OF WRATH ©1939 by John Steinbeck
Copyright renewed, John Steinbeck 1967
with Marianne Weems and members of company
Thu, Oct 25
Richard Schechner moderates this artist talk, which takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.
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