Extremely Public Displays of Privacy: Act 1, Extremely Public
New Paradise Laboratories
Live Arts Festival
"We sleuth the world today with online investigatory tools. We live in a dataverse that is at our fingertips . . . we wanted to make a piece—not about the internet—but inside the internet."
“New Paradise Laboratories is a wild, sensory, erotic experience. . . . Mindbending. Fearless.”
Free / ongoing
Photo: Fess Elliot
Fess and Beatrix meet online, where nothing is quite as it seems. In the real world, Fess is a mother and a school teacher, who writes amazing songs that nobody hears. Beatrix is a cool hunter, a performance artist, a mysterious entrepreneur—and manipulative in ways Fess can't possibly anticipate. Beatrix sweeps Fess off her feet and into a surreal landscape that gets all too extremely public; all too extremely real.
Part musical, part illusion, part real-life drama, Extremely Public Displays of Privacy is a performance adventure in three acts. Experience and interact with the story the way it unfolds for the characters. Follow Act 1 wherever you are—at home, at work, in a coffee shop, on a train, anywhere you have internet access. Get to know Fess and Beatrix as they get to know each other.
In short: log-in show, exposure 24/7, intimate strangers, online soul, cybermusical, TMI, custom for you.
Ready to get lost in their story? Log on to www.extremelypublicdisplays.com.
"Each year, NPL sets out to create one completely original—and distinctive—work . . . [that] manages to be funny, and, most important, wildly entertaining."
Under the artistic direction of Obie and Barrymore Award winner Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Laboratories creates experimental theater that values wild humor, striking visuals, and a fascination with the utopian impulse. Previous Live Arts shows include: FREEDOM CLUB (2010), FATEBOOK (2009), BATCH (2007).
Direction Whit MacLaughlin Created and Written by Jorge Cousineau, Annie Enneking, Brittany Freece, Larry Loebell, and Whit MacLaughlin Music and Lyrics Annie Enneking Dramaturg Larry Loebell Production, Video, and Sound Design Jorge Cousineau Lighting Peter Escalada-Mastick Costumes Rosemarie McKelvey Web Conception and Design Rick Banister and Johnny Benson Production Coordinator and Continuity Emily E. Rea Produced by New Paradise Laboratories Performers Fess Elliot, Beatrix Luff
Extremely Public Displays of Privacy has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Independence Foundation New Theatre Works Initiative.