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“The Radicalization Process” returns for three performances only, April 25–27, at Detroit’s Play House

Preview April 13, 2017 Encore Staff

DETROIT—The Hinterlands will repeat its production of The Radicalization Process, at Play House, located at 12657 Moran St, Detroit.

Layering historical accounts of the radical left of the 1960’s and 70’s with a master class in American method acting, socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse re-production of The Living Theatre’s Antigone, The Radicalization Process stokes the embers of America’s past revolutions to ignite our radical potential. Audiences will begin the performance sifting through a basement archive of a forgotten revolutionary, navigating histories true and false, real and imagined, before they make their way into the performance space, a safe-house within a house in 1970s Detroit. Multiple timelines run concurrently; imagery unfolds both mundane and shocking; a live-score is performed on analog synthesizers and everyday objects; L’Internationale is sung; a bomb is built.

The Radicalization Process was listed in Hyperallergic’s “Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Exhibitions Across The United States” where critic Rosie Sharp called it “a rigorous workout for the imagination, a tool we could all stand to sharpen in the war that rages around us.”

The Radicalization Process is an original performance by The Hinterlands, created and performed by Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, and Dave Sanders. Sound design and live score by Richard Newman. Scenic design by Shoshanna Utchenik, archive creation by Liza Bielby and Casey Rocheteau, and publication design by Benjamin Gaydos. Directed by Richard Newman. Scott Crandall is the performance technician. The performance was commissioned by Legion Arts, Power House Productions and Alverno Presents with generous support from the National Performance Network, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,  and the NEA Artworks program.

Play House performances will be held Tuesday, April 25th, Wednesday, April 26th, and Thursday, April 27th at 8:00 pm. Run time is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available on a sliding scale for $10-30. Seating is limited to 20 audience members per night, so please reserve ahead of time by calling 313.454.1756 or emailing info@thehinterlandsensemble.org.

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