In order to preserve the optimal conditions for presenting The Wooster Group, the performance of UNTITLED TOAST originally scheduled for Sep 20, 2021 has been rescheduled to Feb 4, 2022. Additionally, the performances of THE B-SIDE originally scheduled for Sep 9-12, 2021 have been rescheduled to Jan 26-29, 2022.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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 January 2022, the Wooster Group will make their long-overdue Texas debut with a two-week residency on campus wherein they will present both the acclaimed work THE B-SIDE and further develop a new piece, UNTITLED TOAST, in collaboration with performer Eric Berryman. Both Productions will take place in the McCullough Theatre which will be transformed into a black box-style theatre with audience seating on the stage.
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.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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