The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nassim Soleimanpour's BLANK, April 22-24 at A.P.E.

Nassim Soleimanpour's BLANK
A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA.
April 22, 23, and 24

Now that Serious Play's Endgame Project has come and gone, we are excited to announce the dates of our next show, which will play at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton on April 22, 23, and 24! Building on the energy generated by the excellent return performances in Serious Play's Endgame Project AND the new possibility of a college tour in 2017-18, we are moving forward in our PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE initiative with Nassim Soleimanpour's play, BLANK.

BLANK is the second experimental work by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. His first, "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," was presented by Serious Play in in the Fall of 2016.

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In a joint effort between audience and performer, the gaps in BLANK are filled in to reveal a story that celebrates the human imagination. As formally inventive as it is engaging, BLANK reverses the typical theatre experience: A script riddled with blanks leaves the audience in charge of how the story will unfold. The concept might be simple, the result is nothing short of empowering as a random audience member sees his or her future determined by the imagination of others.

Known for plays without directors, sets and rehearsals, the acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour takes it to new extremes. Each night Nassim's play full of blanks is to be completed by a new performer. The play becomes a story machine to share the life-story of the playwright, the performer and a random audience member.

Soleimanpour's BLANK invites critical reflection about how our human identity is constructed around the stories we tell. Simultaneously, it celebrates the communal and elusive nature of theatre, as audience members shout, laugh, gasp and collaborate to write the evening's story, a story that is irrevocably theirs and will never be told in the same way ever again.

Keep your eyes open for further updates about the event, the actors, and the play itself!

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble
PO Box 148 Northampton, MA 01061

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