BWAY WORLD: Damien J. Wallace Goes Underground In EgoPo's Interactive At-Home World Premiere
"EgoPo's innovative and highly intimate ISOLATIONS season goes Underground this December 2-6, 2020 for its next event: a world premiere multi-platform, virtual adaptation of Dostoyevsky's masterpiece, Notes from Underground, starring Philadelphia's own Damien J. Wallace.
Underground is created by Wallace, this season's Artist-in-Residence, and EgoPo's Associate Producer, Dane Eissler. Having previously worked together in last season's Buried Child, the pair reunites as co-creators of this newly minted piece for EgoPo's socially-distant season. This piece is co-produced with Lawrence Theatre Company, Philadelphia's theater for emerging black stories, of which Wallace serves as Artistic Director.
Nineteenth century Russia is transformed into contemporary Philadelphia as the "UndergroundMan" mysteriously emerges from years of isolation to reach out to you personally, letting you into his hidden past and memories of living as a black man in America. This interactive, virtual experience occurs through your phone and computer, in Facebook, email, video, and blogs.
'More than ever, the world is depending on social media and email and video conferences - most aspects of life have been shifted into the virtual realm. This mode of communication is a perfect fit for Dostoyevsky's story in which the nameless narrator speaks to us from an unknown locale. In our new backstory, the 'UndergroundMan' has been inside of this virtual realm for years, and he's going to use every tactic he can to bring you into his corner of the web to deliver his message. The fun part is that the audience members become active explorers of this virtual world, rather than passive viewers of a static, streamed performance event,' says Eissler."