This weekend, Savage Umbrella offers its take on the end of times with Rapture,
two workshop readings presented Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts. But instead of true Christians ascending into the heavens to join Christ in everlasting life, Savage Umbrella's version envisions true artists as the population that ends up mysteriously disappearing from Earth. Rapture
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The project was conceived by Savage Umbrella company member Tanner Curl, who organized a team of writers -- including Blake E. Bolan, Lisa Brimmer, Megan Clark, Seth Conover, and Timothy Otte -- to develop the concept. The workshop reading is directed by Heidi Jedlicka.
Savage Umbrella company member Blake Bolan says that the writers have been meeting since the beginning of September. Unlike previous workshops, where pieces were presented publicly after the writing was completed, the process was a little bit different. There were two public readings early on so that audience feedback could inform the writing for the later presentations.
Initially, the company put out a call for applications, and held an audition/interview process where potential writers talked about a time when they felt doubt. "It ended up being very emotional," Bolan says. Indeed, the play brings up all kinds of questions about what good art really is. If an artist rapture happened today, who would be taken?
|Rapture Workshop |
Bolan says working with such a large team of writers was really rewarding, though it took a while for everyone to get on the same page in terms of who the characters were and what they sounded like. The initial workshop readings helped the writers hear the work out loud, and identify where there were inconsistencies.
Bolan says Rapture will most likely be fully produced by Savage Umbrella in the near future, though they're not sure when since the company has not yet voted on next year's season. The readings this weekend will be a chance to give feedback to the artists as they think about shifting the work into a fully realized production.
IF YOU GO:
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 2-3
Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Colonial Warehouse Building
212 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis
Enter directly into the gallery space off of Second Street North, signs will be posted to direct you.
212 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN