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The Medium
“Bogart and her company ... hold us in their spell”
—The Los Angeles Times
Mar 15—Mar 20, 2022
 
The Medium
Theater

Based on the Life and Predictions of Marshall McLuhan
Created by SITI Company
Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart

 
“Bogart and her company fuse the cerebral to the visceral in 90 minutes of exhilarating, funny, exasperating, and surprisingly moving theater.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
For the past 30 years, SITI Company has created a new work almost every year—and in the process, firmly established itself as a downtown New York theater institution. Now, to mark its final season producing and presenting new work, SITI revives its first-ever devised piece: a meditation on technology that’s more resonant now than when it premiered in 1993.

The Medium draws heavily on the writings of pioneering media theorist Marshall McLuhan, coiner of the phrases “the medium is the message” and “global village” to describe his visions of our interconnected future. A champion talker deprived of speech by a stroke near the end of his life, McLuhan (portrayed with tragicomic precision by Will Bond) staggers and clicks his way through Bogart’s multichannel multiverse—a black-and-white vision of televised anti-revolution that puts our modern technocratic dilemmas front-and-center. Staged with minimalist potency and maximal physicality by Bogart and the astonishing artists of SITI Company, The Medium asks: Who are we—and what are we becoming—in the flickering light of our own devices?
 

Scenic & lighting design Brian H. Scott adapted from original scenic design by Neil Patel
Costume design by Gabriel Berry
Soundscape by Darron L. West

The Medium originated in 1993 at the Toga Festival in Toga-Mura, Japan. The 2022 production was re-commissioned, produced, and presented for touring by City Theatre Company.

SITI’s Legacy Plan and 30th Anniversary Season was funded, in part, by The Howard Gilman Foundation.

 
ON SALE DATES
Thu Oct 14
BAM Members & Patrons
 
Wed Oct 20
General Public
 
 
RUN TIME
1hr 30min, no intermission
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