A Piece of Work

New York premiere
Dec 18—Dec 21, 2013
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 10min
December 2013
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Wednesday December 18, 2013
Performances no longer available.

A machine-made Hamlet by Annie Dorsen

To sleep. To dream. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, we confront the most fundamental questions of our humanity. But what exactly do we confront when the play is shuffled, reordered, and rewritten by a computer?

In this daring marriage of live acting and artificial intelligence, Obie Award-winning director Annie Dorsen delivers a provocative parsing of Shakespeare’s work. Based on a sophisticated algorithm that generates a new version of the play nightly—words, visuals, lighting, music, and all—A Piece of Work features one actor, alternating between Obie winner Scott Shepherd (Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz, The Wooster Group’s Hamlet) and theater legend Joan MacIntosh, a looming computer screen, and a chorus of synthesized voices channeling this uncanny text, refashioned in the automated image of our digital times.

Concept and direction by Annie Dorsen
Sound and network design by Grégory Beller
Scenography/Video by Jim Findlay
Lighting design by Bruno Pocheron & Ruth Waldeyer
Systems design and text programming by Mark Hansen and Dylan Fried

A Piece of Work is a co-production of BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Black Box Teater (Oslo), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), brut (Vienna), On the Boards (Seattle), and Parc de la Villette (Paris).

A Piece of Work was developed in part at Live Arts Bard, Bard College's residency and commissioning program for the performing arts, through a Lower Manhattan Council on the Arts Space Grant (2011) and while in residence at 3LD Art & Technology Center.  Production support provided by On the Boards through its Performance Production Program.

A Piece of Work is a House On Fire project, receiving support from the Culture Programme of the European Union.  Additional development support provided by the city of Vienna, Abrons Art Center, and many generous individuals.

Read the BAM program notes for A Piece of Work

Performance by Scott Shepherd
Dec 18 & 20 at 7:30pm
Dec 21 at 10pm 


Performance by Joan MacIntosh
Dec 19 & 21 at 7:30pm

Scott Shepherd

Scott Shepherd has worked with the Wooster Group since 1997.

Joan MacIntosh

Joan MacIntosh has had a distinguished career as an actress for over 45 years.

2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013
2013 Next Wave Festival
Sep 17—Dec 22, 2013

The 2013 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.

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