Join us for the Chicago premiere of Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)
3 Shows only!
Fri April 28 @ 7pm
Sat April 29 @ 7pm
Sun April 30 @ 7pm
Tickets are on sale and only $15.
Re-Release Party is rooted in a project in 1977 led by Carl Sagan and a dynamic team of scientists and artists who created the Golden Record, a phonograph record which attempts to communicate the story of life on earth for extraterrestrials and future humans. The record, filled with messages from world leaders, greetings in many languages, pictures and sounds from earth, and a sampling of our music, was launched aboard the Voyager space probes on their interstellar reconnaissance mission, which continues to this day.
In an evening that travels through time and space, A Host of People will evoke the original team’s story, while creating a new one--asking the audience to imagine what it is to communicate our vast, yet puny, existence to aliens and to ourselves. Through artifacts from the original record, video transmissions, imagistic journeys, poetry and interviews, strange dances and original music, each performance will re-release a new Golden Record for that specific night, in that particular place, with the humans in that room. As with all A Host of People shows, a party will unfold, celebrating both life here and the possible lives out there in this vast and awesome universe.
Re-Release Party is conceived and directed by Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker and co-created with:
Performers: Torri Lynn Ashford, Aja Salakastar Dier, Emily Harpe, Chris Jakob, Sam Moltmaker, Renee Willoughby
Projection Designers: Jake Hooker, Renee Willoughby
Set & Costume Designer: Dorothy Melander-Dayton
Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Chantel Gaidica
Original Sound & Music: Billy Mark
Production & Marketing Associate: Jen Davis
Stage Manager & Choreographic Consultant: Maddy Rager
Dramaturgical Consultant: Carolyn Mraz
Producer: John Del Gaudio
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
A Host of People is an interdisciplinary, multimedia theater company in Detroit, MI dedicated to the making of original works. The company is led by co-directors Sherrine Azab and Jake Hooker, whose work has been seen, together and separately, in New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Cleveland, Seattle, and Detroit. We create live art around a central question: How can we host more people into theatrical works that are complex and multifarious; work that situates itself betwixt and between; work that is poetic, visual, nonconformist, and expands the viewer’s imagination, curiosity and spirit? We strive to offer work that gives the viewer agency in their interpretation, as we work to entertain. We invite our audience into our art as we would guests into our home, whether it is in a house, on the street, in a gallery or in a theater.
Re-Release Party was originally developed with support from NACL Theatre's Deep Space Residency, The Puffin Foundation, The Mental Insight Foundation, Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and our incredible community of individual donors.