We All Want to Change the World
Tricklock’s ninth annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival
By Erin Adair-Hodges
The 21st century opened optimistically enough. If the previous two centuries were characterized by imperialism and oppression, then maybe the 21st would bring a close to all of that. America would guide as the sole, and benevolent, superpower. And the Internet! The bright star of a democratized future! It would surely be used only for important things. Yes, there was the discord stemming from Al Gore’s election as president, yet not becoming president. But with such tantalizing new promise offered by the dawn of a new century, how badly could things turn out?
The PJs (street name) open the festival with their trademark wit and sleepwear before heading off to New York and London to light up those dull burgs.
Written by Juli Hendren, directed by Summer Olsson, with dramaturgy by Elsa Menendez. The story of an Earth Liberation Front member whose actions are labeled eco-terrorism but may be something more.
Emmy winner Overton has long mined the political landscape for satirical treasures. Laughing at the powerful has often been dangerous (shout out to my Smothers Brothers), and the Free Speech Comedy Series seeks to provide a stage for speaking truth to power while making at least several audience members pee their pants.
How long is the festival?
Revolutions began with a kick-off party on Jan. 13 and continues through Jan. 31.
How international are we talking?
Performers from four countries are represented, but the styles they embody number much higher.
Where is it taking place?
Hamlet at Vortex Theatre
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