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OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE

59E59 THEATERS

FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 6, 2022

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BAROCOCO is a collaboratively devised ensemble work in which Happenstance Theater portrays oblivious entitlement on the brink of extinction. This timely reflection on history is a physical comedy dive into the late Baroque and flaunts 18th century finery, wigs, panniers, gestural styling, elaborate ornamentation and the excesses of Rococo.

The characters navigate dangerous curves of manners and the Age of Enlightenment from the exquisite to the revolting. Happenstance has great fun puncturing one percent pomposity and presents the poignant possibility of change.

Featuring

Gwen Grastorf, Caleb Jaster, Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon.
 

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Black and White photograph of Tenement Building facade with tall windows from the early 1900s
Image of a blue sky fading at the bottom to a creamy yellow. There are clouds and stars at the top.

A THEATRICAL-WEBSITE-COLLAGE IN ACTION

This virtual shadow-box, tenement building features portals through which visitors glean poetic glimpses of characters, environments, and fantasias.

TECHNOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIEWING

1.  MUST BE VIEWED ON LAPTOP OR DESKTOP. Will NOT work on mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.)

2.  MUST BE VIEWED IN CHROME BROWSER. TO INSTALL CLICK HERE.

3.  TURN SOUND ON.

4.  NO GOING BACK. Just as in the theatre you cannot go back. If you need to pause, there will be moments when you can simply "not click". Once activated videos must play out. So set aside an hour, get your favorite snack and beverage, dress up if you'd like, and imagine that you are going to the Theater for a show. Welcome to our tenement of shadow boxes. 

Black and white photo of the facade of a tenement building with tall windows.
A shadow-box collage of vintage objects, a lobster in a victorian dress, a parrot, a clay pipe
 

"All of the role-juggling performers prove themselves to be adepts of the deadpan, the sidelong glance, the freeze and the pregnant pause."

               - The Washington Post