UNTITLED MARS (This Title May Change)
Conceived and directed by Jay Scheib
World Premiere Performance: Performance Space 122, April 2008, New York City (Obie Award Best Scenic Design); European Premiere: Hungarian National Theater, November 2008, Budapest; Workshop performance: MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 2007, Cambridge;
Crash-landing seven performers into a simulated Martian Environment in UNTITLED MARS: This Title May Change. The first in a trilogy of works for live performance under the banner SimulatedCities / SimulatedSystems, UNTITLED MARS is an international collaboration between celebrated theater ensemble Pont Mühely of Budapest and a team of research scientists phoning in their performance live via satellite from the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Sound fake? It’s not. UNTITLED MARS is a mind-bending excursion into an interplanetary future defined by Scheib’s signature multi-media aesthetic. This not to be missed performance is a Science vs. Fiction Simulation of Real Simulation as performed by Real Scientist in the very Real Utah desert. Rewriting Fiction with Reality UNTITLED MARS: This title may Change caps a year of collaboration with an international team of Space industry visionaries, artists and research scientists and students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
with performances by Dorka Gryllus, Caleb Hammond, László Keszég, Catherine McCurry, Laine Rettmer, Tanya Selvaratnam, April Sweeney, Natalie Thomas, Balázs Vajna with special on-camera appearances by Waris Ahluwalia, Phillip Cunio, Dr. Henrik Hargitai, Kofi Hope-Gund, Zahra Khan,and Dr. Robert Zubrin Robert Zubrin and others…
Scenic Design by Peter Ksander, Costume Design by Oana Botez-Ban, Lighting Design by Miranda Hardy, Sound Design by Catherine McCurry, Video Design by Miklos Buk, Balázs Vajna, and Jay Scheib, Dramaturg/Hungarian Project Manager: Anna Lengyel
Directed by Jay Scheib
Untitled Mars (This Title May Change) is made possible through the generous support of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project For New Plays on Science & Technology; The Trust for Mutual Understanding; The Hungarian Cultural Center; Deutsch-Ungarische Industrie und Handelskammer; The Gertrude Stein Repertory Company; Swing Space, a program of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, generously supported by the September 11th Fund, project space donated by Capstone Equities; with special thanks to the Mars Society, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.