Monday, February 05, 2007

Interesting Idea - One on One theater

There was a piece in the nytimes about an interesting new presentation of live theater - 'pods'

"INSPIRATION can come in the most unlikely places. For the writer and performer Nancy Bannon it arrived while she was riding in an elevator on the Upper East Side about five years ago. She was wearing grungy sweats and carrying a yoga mat when a dapper fellow in a business suit got on. She felt intimidated by his more formal attire; he looked uncomfortable as well, eyes darting as he pressed himself into a corner. Both of them, she realized, were awkward in such a tiny space, and their responses turned the elevator ride into a miniature drama.

The power of proximity has tantalized Ms. Bannon ever since, which is why she created “The Pod Project,” a blend of theater and installation art that opens Wednesday at the 20 Greene Gallery in SoHo. The idea is to have audience members experience one-on-one intimacy with actors. The performances take place in a dimly lighted room filled with 13 structures, or pods, covered in opaque plastic. The pods, which range from 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide, each hold a single actor. One audience member enters each pod to watch an actor perform a three-minute play. Silent ushers then guide viewers to the next structure."

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