Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We are requesting submissions from the community for “found in Fayetteville” material to develop a performance, “Show and Tell: Fayetteville” to be presented at Last Night Fayetteville, the “new” New Year’s Eve party on the square.
Last April, we installed a giant Sheet Fort in Matt Miller’s art studio on the square and performed “Show and Tell: A Sheet Fort Experience,” followed by a community show and tell session. Through live interpretation (a’ la readers theatre), video, and audio performances, the show was developed from text found in the environment, Craigslist ads, love letters and lists. The show paid tribute to the stories of the anonymous people who left their legacy in forms both ephemeral and cyber.
Following the same format, we will collect, curate, and develop a multimedia variety show comprised from text that relates to the city of Fayetteville. The New Years Eve show is to be Fayetteville-focused, so the company is turning to their community for stories, anecdotes, to-do lists, diary entries, and scraps of ephemera to attach a Fayetteville story to. Example of items to featured which have already been found Fayetteville: song lyrics about a bad break-up, a Dear Santa letter from an adult woman, a desperate plea from a young lover. All content remains anonymous and the company will take creative liberties on interpretation.
“Show and Tell: Fayetteville” will premiere on December 31st 2011 and is one of many performances throughout the evening from several local groups. Born from the former “First Night” event, Last Night is a new & exciting celebration of community arts taking place on the Fayetteville Square on New Year’s Eve. The festival has been re-imagined, re-named, and is now hosted by the Creative Economy Action Group (CEAG).
To submit your found story, item, or idea:
Erika Wilhite, Artistic Director
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Monday, March 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre presents
“Show and Tell: A Sheet Fort Experience. “
Fayetteville, AR- March 8th, 2011- The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre presents “Show and Tell: A Sheet Fort Experience,” on April 8th and 9th at the studio of artist Matt Miller. Doors open at 7:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM at 21 W. Mountain in Fayetteville (Town Center, next to Jammin Javas). Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at www.artlabtheatre.com or cash at the door the evening of the show.
4/08/11 Friday: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Performance begins at 8:00 PM
4/09/11 Saturday: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Performance begins at 8:00 PM
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre invites you back to another Sheet Fort Experience! The company will build a giant fort made out of sheets (like the one you made as a kid!) and will bring the audiences inside it to present “Show and Tell, “ a multimedia performance inspired by the classroom event of the same name from our school days. The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre wants to show you what they have found! Compiled from found sources, such as Craigslist ads, love letters and lists—the show will pay tribute to the stories of the anonymous people who left their legacy in forms both ephemeral and cyber. Whether it is in the form of an insightful to-do list on a post-it note or online personal ads, home movies or street art, the show will consist of “found” items which resonate with humor and poignancy. In addition to “found” and anonymous items, the company will present podcasts and videos they feel just have to be shared because of how cool they find them to be.
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is a company dedicated to storytelling through the process of experimentation. The company debuted in Fayetteville, as well as Oklahoma City, with “Bombs, Babes, and Bingo,” a play performed in random order, and was featured in the New Orleans Fringe Festival last November. “Show and Tell” is the second performance in a series of readings and performances held in a giant sheet fort.
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is also taking submissions for the public portion of “Show and Tell.” Do you have a really incredible story or an item you’ve held dear for years? Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate!
Check out past productions and Sheet Forts at
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
The Artist's Laboratory Theatre is going places.