Info and tickets: mugwumpin.org/blockbuster-season
A theater piece about disaster movies and other unnatural catastrophes.
THU-SUN, SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 18
All shows at 8pm
Created by Mugwumpin
Co-Produced by Intersection for the Arts
Directed by Susannah Martin
Performed by Joe Estlack and Christopher W. White, with Melusina Gomez
The great metropolis of Champlona has been leveled by a volcano. Or was it a massive tornado? A tsunami? Giant lizards from the ocean depths? Anyway. There are speeches to give, riots to quell, rubble to clear. Thank goodness city leaders have the situation in hand, right? Right. And the masses: have they become a mob? Or something more complex, and much more frightening to those in power?
Inspired by speeches and other cliches from Hollywood disaster movies, Blockbuster Season is a furious, hilarious plunge into mass media’s influence on our perceptions of disasters and how people respond to them. The most unfathomable disaster becomes understandable once it's shaped into a clear narrative, but who gets to choose that narrative? Do we need fearless leaders to save us from descending into wild-eyed chaos? Or do catastrophes open the opportunity for mutual aid?