The Kind of Thing You Don’t Talk About
November 30 – December 2 // 7:30pm
Written and Performed by Asia Gagnon
Video and sound design by Max Bernstein
Torn Space hosts this multimedia whirlwind, which employs a staggering blend of monologue, personal anecdote, mythic storytelling, and memes. A solo performance by NYC-based artist Asia Gagnon with video and sound design by associate member of the Wooster Group Max Bernstein, ‘The Kind of Thing You Don’t Talk About’ draws its content from an all-too-relevant subject in the time of numerous sexual assault revelations, “#MeToo” disclosures on social media, and Women’s March resistance, reshaping the misconceptions of victimhood.
February 16 – March 11, 2018 // 7:30pm
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Dan Shanahan
Torn Space Theater returns to the great theatrical canon with a new interpretation of a contemporary work by the renowned British playwright, Caryl Churchill. In this play, first produced in 2000, a young girl witnesses a disturbing act, grows up to become a hatmaker, and marries a soldier- but nothing is quite what it seems in Far Away. Caryl Churchill brings her minimalist sensibility to a future world where all people, animals, and natural elements have taken sides in a perpetual war. While the loyalties are fragile, the constants in this dark existence are fear, innocence, and the consistent work for the milliner.
April 27 – 29, 2018
Conceived and Directed by Tim Stegner
Venue: The Boiler Room – 500 Seneca St. Buffalo, NY 14204
Security is an exploration of ready-made performance, using only paid security guards as the actors. Working in collaboration with sound and lighting designer, Frank Napolski, the piece relies on elements of form, sound and light derived from the security sector. Traditional aspects of theatrical narrative are bent as both the audience and the players intersect in their normative roles of watcher and watched.
August 10 – 19, 2018
Written and Directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola
Venue: Silo City, 120 Childs St. Buffalo, NY 14203
In their anthology of work at Silo City, Torn Space Theater has devised a parallel society with its own system of symbols, rituals, and governance, all of which is used to reflect larger themes about humanity, American culture, and our collective history. TST returns to the silos for the newest iteration of site-specific spectacle, which in the past have featured disparate elements such as construction vehicles, war reenactors, a helicopter, marching band, and always dozens of individual artists, designers and performers to create an unforgettable experience.