Part of TPA’s 40th Anniversary Season
Influential and trendsetting, legendary and revolutionary, The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company directed by Elizabeth LeCompte since its founding in 1975. Their productions tour nationally and internationally, though have never been presented in Texas until now. In September 2021, the Wooster Group will make their long-overdue Texas debut with a two-week residency to open Texas Performing Arts’ 40th Season. The Wooster Group will present a full production and present work-in-progress showings of a second work in the McCullough Theater, which will be transformed in to a black box-style theater with all audience seating on the stage.
Work-in-progress showing and discussion September 20, 2021
While in residence at Texas Performing Arts, The Wooster Group will have the opportunity to further develop a new piece, UNTITLED TOAST, in collaboration with performer Eric Berryman. UNTITLED TOAST is based on Berryman’s desire to find a modern context for the vital, but little known, genre of African-American folklore called toasts: stories, performed in rhyme, that describe feats of legendary street heroes, such as “Signifying Monkey,” “Titanic,” and “Stackolee.” UNTITLED TOAST will incorporate autobiographical material from Berryman with selected toasts from the 1976 record LP Get Your Ass In The Water And Swim Like Me: Narrative Poetry From The Black Oral Tradition, edited by folklorist Bruce Jackson.