From the LL Saloon in Lone Pine, CA to their LA debut at Highways, IOU Theatre connects Los Angeles to a source of its water—240 Miles away at the foothills of Mount Whitney. The Metabolic Studio’s IOU theatre season of radio plays are produced as an act of reconciliation for the water Los Angeles exports from the Owens Valley.
WAR OF THE WORLDS was the grand finale of IOU Theatre’s inaugural 2014 summer stock season of radio plays relevant to the Owens Valley, performed monthly at the LL saloon in Lone Pine to standing room only crowds.
The sound effects for this production emanate from the 100-foot, repurposed silos on the edge of the Owens (dry) Lake. The silos, part of the industrial ruins of Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory, have been turned into an instrument that resonates with the changes in atmosphere along the symbolic scar of this sacrificial lake, whose water has now been redirected to Los Angeles.
A troupe of performers from the Owens Valley (from Bishop to Darwin, CA) will read the radio play and perform sound effects. IOU Theatre Performers are: Judyth Greenburgh, Jon Klusmire (script adaptation & director), Max Rosan, Jim Shallcross, Jeanie Smith and Mary Winchester.
Friday, January 6 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
ABOUT METABOLIC STUDIO – Derived from the Greek word for change, “metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.
Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates “devices of wonder” that are specific to sites; interrogating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.
The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens Dry Lake Bed into a musical instrument that plays itself—and reconnecting this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles, 240 miles away through sound. The Sonic Division plays, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, weekly and filters that sound through the silos that sit on the dry lake, over 240 miles away.
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