POST THEATRICAL

Festival of plays-by-mail premieres featuring 13 projects from over 50 artists in 8 cities.
Now through June 30

More info & tickets HERE.

A collective of 13 theater groups and over 50 artists originating in 8 cities across the globe will join forces for RealTime Interventions’ POST THEATRICAL, a festival of works that use mail as a theatrical medium. The festival, which launched February 1 and will run through June 30, 2021, features a diverse range of works that use the medium of mail in a broad range of ways.

POST THEATRICAL was conceived and is coordinated by Pittsburgh's RealTime Interventions. Tickets range from Pay-What-You-Can to $100. Complete details on individual projects within the festival are compiled and continually updated at www.PostTheatrical.org.

According to RealTime Interventions Artistic Directors Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin, "New ideas don’t happen in a vacuum. As RealTime started to plan a mail-based production for this spring, we discovered that other experimental theatermakers were becoming inspired by older, analog forms of communication like the mail. RealTime offered to create a central hub to amplify this new work, all of which uses the mail as an organizing principle. The goals of POST THEATRICAL are to support participating artists in making new work both during this time and in response to it. Participants also have a shared goal to reach out to and work with groups and individuals -— either as partners or as audiences -- who may not have had easy access to live theater (or even virtual plays) in normal circumstances, but who are connected by the intricate web of postal routes extending across this country and beyond. The mail service arose from a need to communicate, like theater; and like theater, it’s survived all manner of disease and disaster. This Spring, POST THEATRICAL will be celebrating that resilience.”

The lineup for POST THEATRICAL includes:

THE MAILBOX
Tiny Box Theater/Ya Chin Chang (New York, NY / Hong Kong)
Tickets available February 1 - 22. Mailings begin March 1. Ends April 1.
Tiny Box Theater presents a new interactive theatrical piece in collaboration with visual artist Ya Chin Chang, David Lamoreux and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. What happens when all of the mailboxes in the world disappear overnight? The artists will post drawings and narrative to participants who will pick up the story’s trail by initiating a response. Audience submissions will affect the conclusion which will be revealed in an online finale event on April 1.

A TUNNEL YEAR
Karinne Keithley Syers (Amherst, MA)
Tickets available February 23. Ends when last ticket is sold (limit 100).
A play built from a few years’ worth of interrupted thoughts crammed into one-line scenes voiced by animals. It asks: Did I escape? Or am I lost? Originally conceived as a walk-through comic book paired with a live radio play at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, NY, it now changes scale to become a book with an audio link to a recording of the 2016 live radio play.

JOURNEY OF A DREAM
Irina Kruzhilina (New York, NY)
February 1 – June 30, free on Post Theatrical website.
A virtual global performance which connects UN representatives and the audiences to the aspirations of youth. Children from around the globe were asked to express their dreams and obstacles via digital and photographic storytelling. The collective image of their dreams formed a postcard which was delivered to the UN representatives in October 2020, making them accountable for making the kids’ dreams come true. This ongoing project is currently available as a virtual exhibit on the Post Theatrical site, which includes a video featuring the children and an archive of the children’s photos and letters.

SPITE & MALICE
Chelsea Sutton & Slipped Beyond Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Tickets available March 1 – Apr 4. Mailings begin March 22, end April 5.
A fantastical branching narrative that utilizes playing cards, found objects, new media, and mail-based interaction to lead you through a tangled correspondence between the King, the Queen, and Jack, who are racing to win a never-ending card game. You’re part of the game now. Good luck.

PARTY LINE
Scott Adkins & Let’s Make a Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Tickets available February 15 - March 8. A single performance starts March 8 and ends March 15.
One day your phone rings and you hear two strangers talking on the other end. They can’t hear you, but you can hear everything they are saying. Playwright Scott Adkins, missing the joy of overheard conversations, brings you a series of eight everyday phone calls (one per week at a fixed time) to connect with random fictional people. With your ticket, you will receive an SASE to send a note or questions to your favorite character in the series. Every audience member who writes will get a response from that character.

ALL LIGHT ON EARTH COMES FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
The Wallpaper Company (Troy, NY)
Tickets available March 15 - April 8. Mailings begin April 8. Ends May 19.
“all light on earth comes from somewhere else” seeks to reclaim lost queer futures from the wake of scrubbed archives, burned evidence, fabricated ephemera, and rot. Immerse yourself in six intertwining storylines told through a series of letters, parcels, and transmissions that ask: would you recognize your own loneliness if you found it in someone else?

AS YET TO BE DETERMINED
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School (New Haven, CT)
Tickets available April 9-30. Begins April 30.
A year into being forced to do remote learning, a high school drama class tries to reimagine what the theatre experience can become outside of the physical space. Utilizing the tactile and ancient medium of the post, they will attempt to recreate what makes theatre special to them. How can they leverage available technology, can they capture their voices in this new form, and who is the audience they want to reach? It is as yet to be determined.

DREAM/HOME
New Georges, Emerie Snyder & Lina Younes (New York, NY)
Tickets available March 29 until sold out (limit 50). Mailings begin April 19.
An object-based theatrical exploration of your own home and surroundings, led by a playfully mysterious map that connects you to others across the country, inviting us all to look at the world a bit differently. You receive a package from an artist far away...oh look, there's a map inside... maybe a few clues...might as well see where they lead?

THE COMMUNITY FOREST
Melisa Tien (New York, NY)
Tickets available April 20 until sold out. Virtual orientation Tuesday, May 11. Continues for the life of the living plant contained in the mailing.
A mail-based work that invites recipients to participate in plant cultivation and interaction with a living text as a reflection on change, growth, legacy, and impermanence.

CAPRICORN 29
The Tank and Alex Hare with Julia Izumi (New York, NY)
Tickets available April 29 – May 30. Virtual performances May 20-23 and May 27-30.
A digital musical experience loosely inspired by the dystopian 1976 cult film Logan's Run, set in a society that kills people when they turn 30. After receiving that fateful birthday card in the mail, you decide to escape, and the ensuing journey leads not only to frozen caves and violent robots, but also to a radical questioning of the self and the world that shaped you. CAPRICORN 29 reimagines the not-quite-midlife crisis as an opportunity to embrace the terror and joy of blowing up your life.

THE BIRTH OF PAPER
RealTime Interventions (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tickets available March 21 – June 3. Virtual performances Thurs-Sat, June 3-12.
A live virtual/postal experience that physically connects humans in Pittsburgh to humans in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut residents living the fallout of the 2020 explosion will receive gifts in real time designed by Pittsburgh makers from Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's largest independent maker community. A celebration of paper, ink, and the postal service as an ancient, global technology of connection. In collaboration with City of Asylum featuring a performance by Milia Ayache in Beirut, Lebanon.

BLACK MARY
Demaskus Theater Collective (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tickets available February 1 - April 1. Mail experience April 12 - May 7, Virtual finale June 17-19.
An interactive above ground journey to personal freedom through community correspondence and connectivity. Based upon the life of Mary Fields (known also as "Black Mary"), the first Black mail carrier, participants will receive a satchel of items in the mail that evoke remembrance and rebellion. Journal entries received from participants will be pieced together to create a live virtual performance during Juneteenth 2021. Deemed "one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath, or a .38," the Star Route Stagecoach carrier Black Mary will be remembered through the performance of the works created in community. Actors will cultivate meaningful experiences for each participant through daily text messages and weekly challenges meant to guide each participant along their personal path to liberation.

MONDAYS IN THE CLUB WITH LANCE
Lance Horne (New York, NY)
Ongoing.
A collective born from gathering each week to sing around a piano turns instead to a medium as old as America and can reach much farther than any footlight.

For the most up-to date info on POST THEATRICAL visit www.PostTheatrical.org.