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Feb. 20 2024

Set sail with Happenstance Theater in ADRIFT at Theatre Project

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Set sail with Happenstance Theater in ADRIFT at Theatre Project

Perhaps you find yourself sometimes (and maybe more so lately) wondering, Where am I, Who am I, What’s going on, Where is this all going? Maybe you feel a little adrift, or unsure how you’re supposed to stay afloat on the rickety raft that’s carrying you across uncharted waters.

Welcome to the Ship of Fools, famously imagined by painter Hieronymous Bosch around 1500 and now lovingly brought to full phantasmagoric life on stage by the vivid, irrepressible imaginations of Happenstance Theater company.

The result is a new, company-devised work titled Adrift, which plays February 22nd – March 3rd at Theatre Project. In it, the company draw on the characters and images of the Bosch painting, as well as character archetypes from the Tarot, from Medieval marginalia and early liturgical drama, and a host of other sources. They combine these with movement, original live music, physical comedy, puppetry, and many other theatrical devices to take us all on a journey of exploration and discovery with them.

Heading for the unknown but, it would seem, in the firm and hopeful conviction that–there at the End of All Things–something good awaits.

For tickets, showtimes, and other basics, visit https://www.theatreproject.org/

For more background on the show and Happenstance company, including images and video from the production, you can visit https://www.happenstancetheater.com/adrift

Hear what Happenstance Artistic Co-Director, company member, and co-creator has to say about this fantastical fable of folly, fantasy, fatalism, and faith:

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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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