Jan. 3-28: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm
"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace...."
Thus begins the speech that Nixon would have given if the Apollo XI astronauts had not returned to the earth. It's the launchpad for In Event of Moon Disaster, Mugwumpin's new immersive theater experience about space exploration, contingency planning and the watchful eye of the Moon.
Co-presented by Z Space and Intersection for the Arts, In Event of Moon Disaster opens in previews on January 3 at 7p.m. Opening night is scheduled for Friday, January 5 at 8 p.m.
Transforming Z Below's black box theater into "a radically different performance space," the show takes audiences on an intimate journey backwards and forwards in time, blending story, video, live music and dance in an investigation of its source text. Among the questions it addresses are: What secret truths are hidden in the cosmos? What magic powers does it hold? And how do we plan for an uncertain future?
In folklore and mythology, for thousands of years the Moon has been characterized as female and potent. In Event of Moon Disaster dramatizes the opposition between this idea of a mystical, feminine Moon and the patriarchal forces that propelled the space race and compelled nations to colonize beyond the Earth.
In Event of Moon Disaster is performed by Stephanie DeMott, Isa Musni, Nayeli Rodriquez, Soren Santos, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart and Don Wood, with production and video design by Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky and Darl Andrew Packard, lighting design by Ray Oppenheimer, sound design by Teddy Hulsker, costume design by Christine Crook and props, stage and production management by Allie Khori. Natalie Greene directs.