Vs. indulges in a virtual game of ‘tag’

Mabou Mines presents 

Vs. 
written by
Carl Hancock Rux
directed by
Mallory Catlett

Online premiere July 30 – August 8

Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 2pm
featuring
Becca Blackwell, David Thomson, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp,
and Perry Yung 
Video design by
Onome Ekeh 
Digital Streaming design by
Eamonn Farrell
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Vs. can be considered part tribunal of evidence — guided and constrained by the statutory powers of the “Interrogator” — and part psychodynamic investigation of a sovereign polity, a collective of accused citizenry. Vs. creates a philosophical tribunal to acquit or prosecute crimes against humanity. As writer Carl Hancock Rux and team work within the new parameters that “zoom performance” affords, Vs. indulges in a virtual game of ‘tag’ in which members of the audience find themselves complicit when randomly selected as “The Interrogator” — an identity hack that speaks a new digital patois.

Support for Vs. was provided by Venturous Theater Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation.

VTF supports ambitious new work for the stage and the artists who create it. We seek to fund ambitious and challenging work by creating room for experimentation and risk in new play production. Our goal is to help writers achieve the freedom to write the plays they fear would otherwise go unproduced; and to enable producing organizations to say “yes” instead of “no” to worthy but challenging author-driven projects. We are particularly interested in seeding new play productions that involve controversial subject matter, large casts, or other perceived obstacles.

SUPPORT FOR MABOU MINES is provided by  the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and Materials for the Arts, The NYC Women’s Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment/The New York Foundation for the Arts, Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, New Music USA, The NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, the W Trust and Emma A. Shaefer Charitable Trust.

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Photo of Carl Hancock Rux: Carl Hancock Rux

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