Unboxing Curiosity at Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre
The newest show from the adventurous company invites audiences of all ages to move and explore.
What does it mean to be a curious person? What are the habits of curious people? How does one exhibit curiosity not just intellectually but also physically and spiritually?
Attack Theatre will explore these questions in its show “Curiosity: The Play Book,” which will be performed both in person and via livestream from Feb. 3-5.
Peter Kope, one of the company’s two artistic directors, says the company was excited to bring this project to life.
“How can we set up a series of questions to our audience? We present: here’s the question we’re exploring, this is the result, this is what we came up with. And we really do try to talk about unboxing our curiosity. And it really does have a little bit of a play on that.
“It is that curious drive that we all have that manifests itself, very gently … to make it a physical manifestation.”
Michele de la Raza serves as co-artistic director alongside Kope. The show will feature company dancers Lydia Clinton, Miranda Nichols, Sarah Zielinski, Isabella Bergamin and Savionne Chambers, with new media design by Dane Toney and original music by Dave Eggar.
The conceit of the show is that the actors will interact with different items chosen by the audience — both those who are in person and those watching via live stream — pulled from “inspiration boxes.” Performers will give a presentation based on what emerges from the boxes.
Attack Theatre strove to make the show accessible to people watching at home by using two videographers, shooting with three cameras and providing subtitles. As this is their second live-streamed show, they’ve been working on ways to make the experience as impactful as it can be. (The company is also making sure to adhere to COVID-19 regulations for in-person audiences.)
The show is designed for all ages, and audience members will be encouraged to get up, move around and express themselves. Anyone hoping for a quiet night at the theater will have to leave those expectations at the door.
“I like to think of an all-ages show as a stream of water,” Kope says. “Where, you know, as you step into it, there’s lots of things that go floating by you. And if you’re of a certain willingness, you step in a little bit deeper and you get something really new — water is up here, your thighs, your knees, or your belly button.
“Or you can go whole hog and jump all the way in and really go for a deep swim.”