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TNT Festival

Daniel Fish is on a mission to combine intimacy with theatricality; to connect the audience with high-brow, intellectual material. Whether it’s Shakespeare, Moliere, or, in this case, the ever-complex and mysterious David Foster Wallace, Fish tackles dense material and translates it to a tangible and moving experience. Daniel represents the next iteration of the artist—driven, independent,  adaptable, and multi-skilled. He is, shall we say, The Next Thing. As an artist, Daniel Fish has a history…

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  The way that we see is ever questionable, and is of profound consequence in our lives. In Vision Disturbance, the combination of story, physical space and directorial style turns the production into an experience that reorients audiences in a new way. Vision Disturbance lends a new perspective—one that reaffirms the speculative and immersive qualities of theatre with an invitation to view life differently. The inaugural production of the New York City Players’ American Playwrights Division, this play…

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  The Debate Society is not only The Next Thing, it is The Current Thing. This company has blown up in the past year, garnering rave reviews and an exceptional reputation for producing fresh, innovative new work. Driven by the creative minds of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen and Oliver Butler, this theatre company pushes the boundaries of experimental theatre by “creating unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical works.” Their work is complex and…

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  Local Boston fringe theatre troupe Sleeping Weazel is presenting Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth at the inaugural The Next Thing (TNT) Festival. Ken Prestininzi, author and director of the hour-long one-woman show, provides ArtsEmerson audiences with exclusive insight into his creation of this one-of-a-kind performance piece. How would you characterize Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth? It’s definitely an unconventional play. The plot centers on “mad” academic Mary Shelley-Breath who is undone by her own lecture and unleashes…

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  We are proud to welcome back UNIVERSES to ArtsEmerson, who will be closing The Next Thing Festival with a workshop presentation of their upcoming work, Spring Training. UNIVERSES, famed for their unique style that blends blues, rhythmic poetry, hip-hop and Spanish boleros, will explore the nature of “revolutions” through examining Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. UNIVERSES has found a way to make relevant a piece of music a century old, yet another indicator…

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