PlayCo’s Idea Lab program kicks off with some exciting events surrounding our first production of Abyss. We’ll have three curated post-show conversations and performances and this season Idea Lab is expanding! In addition to inviting artists, scholars and community leaders to share their perspectives on the plays in our season, we’re creating a new strand of conversation with PLAYBACK – a series of open and informal conversations to share responses and connect with the issues and themes in our work.
PlayCo staff members, ambassadors and special guests will kick off these intimate 20-30 minute post-show chats, as an opportunity to reflect together on what we’ve heard and seen, and what we’ll take away. Join us after each THURSDAY EVENING and SATURDAY MATINEE performance (unless otherwise noted) to add your voice! PlayBacks start November 12
And check out these other Idea Lab events:
Artists in Conversation
Wednesday, November 18
Playwright, Maria Milisavljevic, Director Maria Mileaf and Dramaturg Linda Bartholomai talk with PlayCo Founding Producer Kate Loewald on their collaboration for Abyss.
Saturday, November 28 (Matinee)
The Migrant Crisis at Home and Abroad
Marianne Scharf (the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans) and Jennifer Sime (International Rescue Committee), two leaders at the forefront of immigrant and refugee issues, will discuss the global migrant and resettlement crisis and how it resonates with Abyss.
Interactive Performance Piece
Friday, December 4
Aisha Cousins – I <3 Cops
Partly inspired by her own experience when an acquaintance disappeared, playwright Maria Milisavljevic’s ABYSS touches on one community’s relationship with the local police in Berlin. Join us as Brooklyn-based artist, Aisha Cousins brings her work, “I<3 Cops”, originally designed to engage black audiences in processing their own history of abuse at the hands of police officers, into conversation with Abyss. “I <3 Cops” takes audiences through an interactive performance piece where participants envision together their ideal versions of law enforcement.
All Idea Lab events are free and open to the public and begin immediately following the performance. You don’t need to have seen the show that day, so we hope you’ll join us for the conversation!