Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Caught in the Network 

Wednesday, Oct 29 2008
Life these days seems to be all about the screen. We snap photos on a cell phone, text on a Blackberry, and watch T.V. on the computer. As a traditionally screen-free medium, how can live theater represent this reality? The Obie Award-winning New York group Builders Association has been wrestling with this question for more than a decade, and its approach stretches even the broadest definition of "multimedia." The group's latest production, Continuous City, uses video chat, video blogging, and a real website for a fictional company ( to tell the intertwined stories of people trying to connect halfway across the world. The stage is peppered with screens of various sizes that shift and unfold as characters appear. Mike, traveling for work, tries to stay in touch with his daughter through video, while his boss, J.V., keeps virtual tabs on him. Meanwhile, a nanny in San Francisco communicates with her relatives back home by posting film clips. Amateur video that's been uploaded to appears throughout. Developed during director Marianne Weems' residency at U.C. Berkeley's theater department last year, Continuous City pokes holes in our pixelated existence to find the meat underneath.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Nov. 8, 2008

About The Author

Traci Vogel


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"