Conceived by Richard Schechner
Directed by Richard Schechner and Benjamin Mosse
Choreography and Movement Direction by Roanna Mitchell
Environments by Chris Muller
Costumes by Oana Botez
Films and Photographs by Matt Bockelman
Additional Films by Jake Juba
How better to celebrate the Kasser Theater’s 10th anniversary than with a world premiere that makes the entire facility its stage? In the latest devised work from maverick director and pioneering performance theorist Richard Schechner, nothing is off-limits as performers guide you through the space from stage to wings, dressing rooms to lobby. Imagining O -- part theater, part dance, part installation art -- investigates sexuality and artistry, abjection and power as imagined by Hamlet’s Ophelia, O from Pauline Réage's Story of O, and the ensemble.
LIMITED SEATS! 90 minutes, no intermission. General admission. The audience will stand and move about throughout the performance. All performance locations are wheelchair accessible. For additional information about accessibility, call the Box Office at 973-655-5112. PLEASE NOTE: this production contains nakedness and adult themes.
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Produced by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ). Imagining O began as a work-in-progress in 2011 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where Richard Schechner was in residence as a Leverhulme Fellow, and in 2012 at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Thrissur, Kerala, India. General Management for East Coast Artists by Sarah Lucie.
Imagining O director Richard Schechner hosts Peak Performances’ annual public forum on the state of the arts as viewed by prominent contemporary artists and thinkers. What defines live performance in the 21st century? Join Schechner for a public discussion on why (whether?) live performance still matters in a hyper-mediated culture that privileges digital technologies and self-curated virtual experience. This is a free event open to the public. Tickets are required; click here to reserve.