1. We are
    Born like this
    Into this
    Into these carefully mad wars
    --Charles Bukowski

    Ethereal…aching physicality. Beautiful physical theater. -- Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Arresting in its fluctuations between zombified stasis and frantic riot…Stylish. -- Charles Isherwood, New York Times

    6 performers, 75 minutes, one setting, one act

    Cobain and Company Hang Out with Solo Cups at a Party on the Edge of a Black Hole. Sartre doesn’t show up – something else does.

    Welcome to the Afterlife, a la New Paradise Laboratories. Debuted at the 2012 Philadelpha Live Arts Fringe Festival, 27 is the third part of the trilogy of pieces centering on the phenomenology of parties. Following PROM (2004), a meditation on the timeline of adulthood, and BATCH (2007), a hallucination on the mythological roots of bachelor parties, 27 ruminates on funeral parties or wakes as celebrations of absence. The ghosts of Kurt, Janis, Jim, and Amy – all dead at 27 – are whiling away the time in Eternity, officiated by a brilliant flash guitarist and a burning force of Nature with a mind of its own. Think Sartre by way of David Lynch and Jimi Hendrix.

    A storm blows through and the 27ers have a new arrival. The question: what should they do with her? What do you do with idle hands in Purgatory? Mysteries add onto mysteries in this meditation on loops, fame, and the Last Great Frontier. It’s movement theatre at its most kinetic, with live music, live bodies, and dead musical geniuses.

    Created and Performed by New Paradise Laboratories
    Conceived/Direction - Whit MacLaughlin
    Set Design - Matt Saunders
    Lighting Design - Thom Weaver
    Costume Design - Tara Webb
    Music - Alec MacLaughlin
    Sound Design - Whit MacLaughlin
    Assistant Direction - Sam Tower

    Allison Caw – Janis
    Julia Frey - Amy
    Emilie Krause - Riley
    Alec MacLaughlin – Guitar
    Kevin Meehan - Jim
    Matteo Scammell – Kurt

    The 27 Club is a term used to refer to popular musicians who have died at the age of 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse all died at the age of 27, giving rise to the idea that premature deaths at this age are unusually common.

    Inger Hatlen - Production Manager
    Andrew Thompson - Technical Director
    Samantha Tower – Assistant Director
    Keighty McLallen - Production Stage Manager
    Lauren Tuvell - Assistant Stage Manager and Intern
    Sound Consultant - Larry Fowler
    Photography - Matt Saunders
    PR & Connectivity - Katy Otto
    Director of Internet Practice - Michael Alltop
    Fight Consultant - Paul Felder
    Live Arts Venue Manager - Peter Escalada-Mastick

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  2. The full version of New Paradise Laboratories' party riff on the so-called 27 Club of visionary, dead rock heroes. Sartre was invited but he bagged. A mediation on absence and the afterlife. Part 3 of NPL's Party Trilogy, after PROM (2004, 2006, 2008) and BATCH (2007). First produced at the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

    Company: Allison Caw, Julia Frey, Emilie Krause, Kevin Meehan, Matteo Scammell
    Musician: Alec MacLaughlin
    Direction: Whit MacLaughlin
    Scenic Design: Matt Saunders
    Lighting Design: Thom weaver
    Costumes: Tara Webb
    Sound: Whit MacLaughlin and Larry Fowler
    Video: Jorge Cousineau

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