By Ben Turk
Directed by Ben Turk
Broom Street Theater proudly presents the radical Milwaukee theater group, Insurgent Theatre, with its new touring production, "Ulyssesí Crewmen", which confronts audiences with political action at an intractable impasse. This complex original work about the political kidnapping of a U. S. delegate is on a tour of the northeast and Midwest, performing in non-traditional spaces including a performance at the G-20 summit protests in Pittsburgh on September 24th.
Hear the Sirensí Song! Insurgent Theatre secedes from Americaís ineffectual political processes and joins the struggle against the imperial political economy arranged by bureaucratic trade regimes that make us all complicit in the exploitation and destruction of others. The play questions and investigates the psychosexual underpinnings of both this bureaucracy and those attempting to rebel against it. Homerís "Odyssey" is used as a framework to stage these struggles in a single claustrophobic scene between two people, one of whom is bound and gagged.
The author of "Ulyssesí Crewmen", Ben Turk, co-founded Insurgent Theatre in the summer of 2003 with Broom Street Theater alum Tracy Doyle. After years of writing and producing successful full-length plays like "Bring the War Home", all kinds of absurd one-act festivals, and wild theater experiments like "Play in a Day" (a full length play written, constructed, rehearsed, and performed in only 24 hours) Ben has decided to apply his DIY (do-it-yourself) theater approach to touring.
For more information about the tour see the tour blog at http://ulyssescrewmen.blogspot.com/. A preview video of the production can viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCwYQzt_vbw. There will be an opening act at the Broom Street Theater production with music by Tim Morgan.
"Ulyssesí Crewmen" will be performed in Madison one night only at the Broom Street Theater building, 1119 Williamson Street. The performance is on Tuesday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but a hat will be passed to help pay expenses. For more information or reservations call 608-244-8338 or go to www.broomstreet.org.
Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison
Performances: September 29, 2009
Performance Times: Tuesday, September 29 (one-night only)
Call 608-244-8338 for reservations or more information.