Generic Ensemble Company

The Experiment

The Experiment

May 4-6; May 10-13. 2012 | The BLUE Theatre, Austin, TX | Run time: 90 minutes

The Generic Ensemble Company presented its fifth production, The Experiment, an evening-length play that asked the question, “What does it mean to be human?” We explored this question through the play's surprising, complicated characters: a cyborg, an immortal mutant, and a singing, perverse scientist/lab assistant.

The Experiment drew its structure from world's fairs and vaudeville, creating a speculative future reminiscent of the turn of the 20th century. The play showcases performances by (queer) women of color investigating the relationship between modern human subjects-experiments, turn-of-the century freak shows, and anecdotal narratives of masculine/butch women.

Presented in Conjunction with Love & Monsters Puppet Co.
Written by Ana-Maurine Lara & kt shorb; Directed by kt shorb; Choreography by Tonya Pennie
Featuring: Saray de Jesus Rosales as Lucy; Krysta Gonzales as Dolly; Smalls McCoy as Dora; Dancing by Kimberly Caterino, Kaitlyn Jolly, Kirsche Dickson and Tonya Pennie; Dramaturgy by Kimberly Alidio; Stage Management by Margaux Binder; Lighting Design by Paige Binder; Set Design by Joshua Baker and Ethan Stover; Costume and Prop Design by Monica Pasut Gibson, Camille Deprang and Love & Monsters Puppet Company

The Experiment was made possible by a generous grant from the Open Meadows Foundation and a Q Rental Subsidy Grant from the Creative Fund. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division

Review on the Austinist

Photos by Bret Brookshire

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