Visual Narrative by William Anderson
Text Narrative by David Turkel
Directed by Jess Hutchinson
March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
The presentation of 'ratio is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.
In the weeks following Hamlet’s death, Horatio navigates a harrowing regime change at Elsinore under the rule of bloody-minded prince Fortinbras.
A collaboration by playwright David Turkel and designer William Anderson, ‘ratio is an art-script that intertwines visual and textual narratives. Equal ‘authors’ to the work, Anderson and Turkel have developed the work over the course of a year, workshopping ‘ratio with Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) and now with UTNT director Jess Hutchinson.
Visual by William Anderson; Text by David Turkel
UTNT patrons will experience a first draft of the physical and media texts of 'ratio. In collaboration with media designer Daniel Berkowitz, the creative team and cast explore a variety of possible shapes that a physical embodiment of the art script could take. Rather than a traditional reading or a definitive staging of the piece, the creative team will present snippets of possible performance texts that will cover the entirely of the extant art script in order.
About the creative team
William Anderson is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in scenic design. He comes to Austin by way of Chicago where he worked as a scenic designer and properties designer. His work has been seen at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Profiles Theater, The Court, The House Theater Of Chicago, Red Tape and Florence International Theatre Company. At UT Austin, he has designed the set for The Cataract, Don Giovanni, and Colossal. He is currently designing the set for UT’s production of In the Heights, opening in April 2014.
David Turkel’s plays have been produced in abandoned churches (Wild Signs), repurposed breweries (Holler), textile mills (Stroke/Book), lofts (F.O.R.D.) and even the occasional theatre (Nadia, Crimson and Clover, Key to the Field). He was a founding member of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s The Somnambulist Project and Pittsburgh’s Bricolage Theatre Company. Current projects include: Blackout, a drawing room comedy in which a cat detective investigates the 1931 suicide of Adolph Hitler’s niece (Austin, spring 2014); and an “art-script” for ‘ratio with his collaborative partner, artist and designer Bill Anderson. The film version of Turkel’s play Nadia is currently in edits for a 2014 festival submission.
About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Gia Marotta, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Abe Koogler, William Anderson, David Turkel, Katie Bender, and Briandaniel Oglesby.
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