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.

"Dares us to reject what we think we believe." — Nelson Pressley, Washington Post

"Introduces more provocative notions in its 45-minute first half than many theater companies manage in a season." — Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper

"A Molotov cocktail to the mind." — John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts

"TRANSMISSION... will be a yardstick for me as a critic for years to come when it comes to audience engagement." — Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene
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TRANSMISSION

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  • Ryan Bultrowicz:
    18 Sep. 2018
    I was so immersed in this while reading it, I can only begin to imagine what feelings this show elicits when you're actually in the room. For me, this evoked a beautiful feeling and really made me think about our culture and where we are today. This was incredibly intimate and a wonderful experience, even as a read. I really enjoy theatre like this and highly recommend it.
  • Stephen Spotswood:
    2 Dec. 2016
    Event theatre on an intimate scale. This show combines beautiful, immersive design with intellectually rigorous subject matter to spark a conversation about belief in the modern age. Simultaneously reinforcing and subverting the power of storytelling, Transmission exposes how easily we embrace familiar ideas and how dangerous that can be. In the age of social media, it's an incredibly necessary conversation to have.
  • Sheila Cowley:
    27 Aug. 2016
    I’m seduced by the imaginative, deftly-crafted sound design that's essential to the words in this script. This deceptively gentle but devastatingly astute play asks knife-sharp questions about things we take for granted - books, recordings, the Bible, stories, voice, disease - and all the habits and beliefs we clutch and never question. A beautiful, provocative and profound play I'd love to experience in performance.

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