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Two weeks ago Working Group Theatre closed our first large scale musical- ALL RECIPES ARE HOME. A play about food, farming and feminism, set in a timeless Iowa. It was great- three different venues in 9 days (a large performing arts center, an outdoor ampitheater and an operational barn). We sold out houses, got standing ovations and then we tour it all down.
And now we are starting to do it with Working Group in and of itself.
We started a little over five years ago in Iowa with a site specific production. We started in earnest with a piece called ODYSSEUS, IOWA- an all ages show that took the Odyssey and adapted it to dust bowl era Iowa and took place on an operational farm. We then produced MAYBERRY (about racial stratification in Iowa, post Chicago Housing units being torn down); RUST (on closing auto plants); BROKEN CHORD (about Alzheimer’s); OUT OF BOUNDS (a two play cycle on bullying form kids and adults perspectives); FINDER’S DAUGHTER (about Czech exodus from Europe to the American Midwest); a number of solo pieces (KILLADELPHIA/JUST KIDS/DOGS OF RWANDA) and now ALL RECIPES ARE HOME. [click to continue…]