Buffalo, NY – Manmade Earth, which had work-in-progress performances in fall of 2018 at Torn Space Theater, was presented as part of the Crossing the Line Festival at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY in September. The 600 HIGHWAYMEN co-production includes students from Lafayette International High School who, through a partnership with Torn Space Theater, took part in the development of the show. The show returns to Torn Space Theater for a limited run November 23-24, 29, 30 and December 1, 2019.
“This project is a result of Torn Space’s commitment to working with leading cutting edge companies and connecting local artists with national and international platforms for contemporary performance”. Dan Shanahan, Artistic Director.
In Manmade Earth, eight teenagers from the Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, and the United States — each with a unique path into this country — come together to create a new landscape on stage. With an abundance of materials, including cardboard, ladders, buckets, and wood, Manmade Earth binds the audience and performers in an experiment of communal construction. An investigation of permanence, stability, guts, and endurance, this new work from Obie Award–winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN asks what can we build from here and where will we go next?
Information on 600 HIGHWAYMEN can be found at: https://www.600highwaymen.org