TRANSMISSION

An immersive, participatory sermon on the viral evolution of culture from the radio age to the present. Devised for an intentionally intimate audience, all seated in 1930s armchairs clustered around period radios, the performance is a sonic mashup of 20th century history and 21st century dangers that’s part jazz, part science lecture, and part ritual invocation. Together, performer and audience investigate what...
An immersive, participatory sermon on the viral evolution of culture from the radio age to the present. Devised for an intentionally intimate audience, all seated in 1930s armchairs clustered around period radios, the performance is a sonic mashup of 20th century history and 21st century dangers that’s part jazz, part science lecture, and part ritual invocation. Together, performer and audience investigate what it means to be inundated with narratives in our always-connected, always-sharing culture and explore the desperate need for skepticism and inquiry in a landscape of spin, lies, and out-of-control memes. It's an antidote for the excesses of the 21st century.

NOTE: The interactive section of Act II was created in collaboration with Jordana Fraider.
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TRANSMISSION

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  • Vivian Lermond:
    27 Mar. 2020
    Suilebhan's suggested staging and lighting design was the perfect backdrop for this play - darkness with occasional illumination - and offers both a visual and allegorical message that enhances the strong, dramatic storytelling. Weaving the past into the present offers us the chance to immerse ourselves in the moment and leave with questions that challenge our own beliefs.
  • Doug DeVita:
    27 Mar. 2020
    This is a mesmerizing piece that accomplishes everything a work for the theater should: it tells its story with perfectly chosen words, it engages with a wonderfully creative, theatrical intimacy, and it challenges us to think, and perhaps shift our perspectives a bit. I'm not usually one for immersive theatre pieces, but man, I'd love to be in the room when this happens!
  • Marj O'Neill-Butler:
    24 Mar. 2020
    Gwydion brought me into the room with this piece. I even felt the lights dim and then lighten up as time went on. This play couldn't be more current. I started questioning my beliefs in the middle of the piece. Take the time to review this piece of theatre and you'll think differently.

Character Information

  • Performer
    Older than 40
  • Host
    Younger than 40

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    All for One Theater
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Tampa Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    All for One Theater
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
,
Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play
,
Helen Hayes Awards
,
2017
Helen Hayes Recommended
,
theatreWashington
,
2016