Z Space and Mugwumpin Present:
The Great Big Also
A Hands-On Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse
March 7 - 24, 2013 on Z Space's Main Stage
"Engrossing...[and] most magnetically performed...Mugwumpin is cutting new edges on its own, enjoyably adventurous terms."
—Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle.
A rift is coming. An opportunity to shift. On one side of the rift the world will be the same: traffic jams, gated communities, hollowed-out cities. The other side will look the same, only void of people. Two nearly-identical worlds, one in decline and the other ripe with hope. You have a choice to make. The few who shift over will reside in a new America. They’ll have the opportunity to start over and get things right. But the rift hasn’t happened yet. It’s time to prepare.
Award-winning theater ensemble Mugwumpin returns to Z Space in March with its unique blend of bracingly original staging, precise physicality, and sharp-toothed humor. Inspired by the riotous variety of prophetic movements throughout America’s history, Mugwumpin’s immersive performance escorts the audience through an unstable terrain of wrought-iron certainty and gnawing doubt. The ensemble brings its unsettlingly humorous and clear-eyed view to examine what America has promised us and what is asked of us in return.
"...Mugwumpin's exploration of a possibly brave, possibly new world, manages to be both maddeningly cryptic and exuberantly profound all on its own."
—Nicole Gluckstern, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Directed by Christopher W. White
Created by Mugwumpin
Madeline H.D. Brown
Wiley Naman Strasser
Darl Andrew Packard
Mina Sohaa Smith
Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky
Christopher W. White
Photos by Pak Han — www.pakhan.com
Formed in San Francisco in 2004, Mugwumpin aims to reinvigorate live performance as a communal event. The visceral nature of Mugwumpin performances is designed to remind audiences that they are right here, right now, participating in something unique. Since 2004, Mugwumpin has created 12 full productions and many smaller scale performances, all of which premiered in the Bay Area. Mugwumpin’s first show, Rabbit Causes Dog, was named Best Play at the 2004 SF Fringe Festival. In 2008, Mugwumpin thrilled international audiences at the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre with its original work super:anti:reluctant. In 2010, This Is All I Need played to packed houses and universal critical acclaim in San Francisco. It was named Best Play of 2010 by both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian before embarking upon a successful European tour in 2011. Mugwumpin’s last major production, Future Motive Power, enjoyed a sold out run at San Francisco’s historic Old Mint in January 2012.