361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
Superhero Clubhouse and Matchboxarts in association with Chez Bushwick presents MARS (a play about mining)
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door – All 3 nights are SOLD OUT!
A limited number of Opening Night VIP tickets are available for $25, which include admission to an exclusive pre-show reception with core company members, a champagne toast, and reserved preferred seating.
To keep the production green, paperless programming will be offered with a unique print-on-demand option available for those who purchase tickets in advance.
Director Jeremy Pickard and Choreographer Adam H. Weinert join forces to premiere the sixth installment in a series of ecologically inspired Planet Plays.
The dance-theater premiere is based on the graphic novel MARS!, by Tom Coiner, and features live musical accompaniment composed by Adam Miller, along with original graphic design by Kristy Caldwell of Short Division Illustration. A developmental workshop of MARS was conducted at The Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, CT in March 2011 and culminated in a work-in- progress showing at Dixon Place in February 2012. For this 75-minute production, Javier Baca, Nathaniel Bausch-Gould, Rosie Dupont, Aba Kiser, Dan Lawrence*, Keisuke Matsuno, Manelich Minniefee, Davon Rainey, and J.P. Schlegel join Mr. Miller, Mr. Pickard, and Mr. Weinert in the cross-disciplinary ensemble of actors, dancers, and musicians.
Adapted from Mr. Coiner’s graphic novel, MARS is a dance-theater piece about mining in which displaced Appalachians resettled on Mars face a familiar dilemma when their leader initiates a questionable mining operation. Inspired by the history of Appalachian coal mining, MARS explores how the promise of power and the desire for justice effects environment, culture, and the mind of man. Ms. Caldwell’s projected images, Mr. Miller’s score, along with scenic and costume design by R. B. Schlather, compliment the collaboration between Mr. Pickard and Mr. Weinert for the project, which is made possible by the generous support of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Superhero Clubhouse is a sustainable collective of artists and advocates working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. We make original performances via a collaborative, green, and rigorous process. Through the creation of allegorical mythologies, experiments in storytelling and science-inspired events, we work to ignite environmental conversations among audience and communities in the pursuit of revolutionary theater and ecological coexistence.
*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. MARS is an Equity Approved Showcase.