The Theater Project, September 2021
A script that calls for intense physicality, done digitally! A playground for physical design.
Part character study, part dark comedy, Labor is the story of two Black working men, house painters John and Ryan. For the older John, house painting is the final destination; for Ryan, it’s a stop along the way to something better. We learn about their lives as they banter over the course of an average workday, painting the home office of a man who flips houses/rents apartments in gentrifying neighborhoods. They have obstacles ahead to getting paid: Ryan bought a flat instead of eggshell finish paint, and by the end of the day, the boss has committed suicide on the floor above. Made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Labor Creative Team:
Mark Spina – Director
TyLie Shider – Playwright
Shanjala Irving – Stage Manager
Mary Iannelli – Prop Master
Transcend Streaming – Streaming Producer
Labor featured the following performers:
Brian Anthony Wilson, Arron Lloyd, Emily Brown, and Anna Marie Sell.