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MEDIUM JUDITH – The Plumbing Tree
October 20, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15.00 - $20.00
A political science fiction that explores ideas of queer familial structures, polarizing political ideologies, and social contagions. The play is told through the perspectives of an eccentric family plagued by dogma, and composed of three acts, each narrated by Miasma, the personification of a smell. What appears to be an episode of sibling rivalry as presented on a sitcom television show, gradually shatters into contagious pandemonium after the family is poisoned by methane gas from a plumbing disaster in their front lawn. In the flood of excrement, the family descends into a collective hallucination. Madness and despair gifts each member of the household with a lucidity that radically calls into question each of their world views.
Medium Judith is a host for an interdisciplinary methodology for writing experimental theater works. The company originated in 2012 in Baltimore, MD with works composed by Bryan Collins and Amanda Horowitz. Their collaboration began as an urgent response to emergent political tools of the internet and their recombinant effects on power. Backdropped by this changing political landscape, they debuted Shy World (2013), a one-act play satirizing the conditions of the surveillance state, internet addiction, and online activism. It was performed at the Red Room in Baltimore MD and it’s documentation is distributed by Printed Matter NYC. Other projects include, Flash Drive for Fluxus- a script generated through text messaging, Lagoon Female- an ongoing collaborative research group, and Defy a Thing to Be- a performance and dance piece created for Bully Fae. Through a process that utilizes conceptual sculpture, joke writing, and concept-map making, Medium Judith creates a queer theater in which cultural signifiers are transmuted and recomposed into an experimental world logic and value system.