585 audience members featured as background talent, 9 rock moments, 1 feature film made every night

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Can we create a feature film live as a cathartic theatrical experience? This truly multimedia work offers a poetic answer to the mysterious interconnection of creative simultaneity. We follow the lives of 5 strangers forever intertwined by music across space and time with music by Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley, Firehorse, The Few Moments, and Sky White Tiger performed by and all-star cast led by front woman Leah Siegel of Leisure Cruise. The five central characters are creating, in their separate but metaphysically linked worlds, the common musical and sound tapestry that anchors the story. Since the spectators occupy seats in the balcony and move through the performance space as part of the narrative, in a sense they are watching themselves. The frame within a frame is emphasized by the film that is made of the performance each night and then distributed online, a technological coda that reverses the audience’s immersive experience and illustrates the dual role that technology plays in artistic creation: freeing in terms of access, but restrictive in terms of content.

Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NYC

Written and Directed by Michael McQuilken
Creative Direction by Jon Morris
Produced by The Windmill Factory & Old Sound Room

Cinematography: Matthew Schroeder
Art Director & Props Master: Celina Arslanian
Musical Direction: Freddy Epstein
Lighting Design: Maruti Evans
Sound Design: Nicholas Pope
Video Design: Josh Higgason & Maxx Berkowitz
Costume Design: Oana Botez
Percussion Design: Eric Farber
Scenic Design Consultant: Maruti Evans
Steady Camera Operator: Kevin
Production Management: Clementine Seely with Ana Constantino
Acting Coach & Everything Man: Fisher Neal
Music & Lyrics: Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, The Few Moments, and Firehorse
Select Songs Adapted From Material Written By: Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley for this production
Original Orchestration: Freddy Epstein (Musical Director) & Eric Farber & The Few Moments, Louis Schwadron
Cast: Leah Siegel, Austin Durant,Laura Gragtmans, Tommy Schrider, Daniel Reece, Jennifer Harrison Newman, Marianna Hoitt-Lange, Joe Trombino, Jon Morris, Deb Ervin
Associate Director: Anne Cecilia Haney
Illusionist Consultant: Vinny De Ponto
Stage Manager: Samantha Flint
Assistant Stage Manager: Stephanie Macchia
Ninjas of Scenography: Grace Mann, Isabel Sheehan, Spencer Lutvak, Henry Lombino
Photography: Will O'Hare
Prop Sponsor: Acme Studios
Special Thanks to Rob Granieri, Danny Seal, Steven Hoggett, Nick Fitzhugh, Kohl Norville, Acme Studios, Nomikai, Heaven Saki, Mana Contemporary, Here Arts Center, Irondale, Christine Jones, MIT, MFTA, Wuwa & Sruthi, Bruce McQuilken (producer), Meghan Leon (producer), Poppy Gordon and Feral Productions, and Shure Microphones.