In the near future, a fugitive arrives on an uninhabited island with an unusual, almost paradoxical geography. Little is known about the island: its structures are abandoned and in disrepair, it bears the marks of a hasty evacuation, and recent visitors are rumored to have suffered the affects of a strange and acute form of disease. As this fugitive explores the island, he discovers other people on the island who are stuck in a sort of repetitive purgatory. Realizing that all of his actions are being recorded, he struggles to break free from the machine that is the island and decides to either die, or live in this limbo for all time.
Strangers explores the themes of connection and mortality as they relate to modern threats of climate change, surveillance, and the spread of disease. Warnings from the past become a guide for how to deal with impending conflict – and patterns through time reveal the absurdity of the present. Drawing on the work of Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Albert Einstein, Strangers explores the nature of time and memory, the dividing line between magic and science, and the consequences of invention. Comprised of an international ensemble of artists, this unique collaboration will focus on consequential global issues that bind us all.
Following Hansel and Gretel in 2015, Strangers is the second cooperation between the TNL and the Circle Theater of New York. In the context of the Luxembourg residency, the founding members of the Circle Theater of New York will be conducting two workshops giving insights to the company’s work:
Tools for Physical Performance [for individuals]
This intensive workshop will reveal how movement and non-verbal communication leads to a deeper awareness of primal energy and honest storytelling as an individual and as a group.
Devising Lab [for University students]
Bush & Bradford reveal insight on how to think outside of the box when creating a unique world for the audience and play to exist.
WRITTEN by Sloan Bradford & Isaac Bush
DIRECTED by Anne Simon
STAGE AND COSTUME DESIGN by Agnes Hamvas
LIGHTING DESIGN by Katy Atwell
MUSIC COMPOSITION by Anthime Miller
WITH: Isaac Bush, Sloan Bradford, Elisabet Johannesdottir, Arash Marandi, John Anthime Miller and others
Opening Night 27th of January 2018 at 20.00
30th january, 20.00
1st, 2nd february, 20.00
4th february, 17.00
Théâtre National du Luxembourg
A coproduction: Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Circle Theater of New York