To create theatrical events that foster radical community-building and authentic exchange between artists and audiences.

What is a performance lab and why start one?

A performance lab is a space to experiment with alternative ideas and methods of theatrical process and performance. In this increasingly disconnected world, I am seeking authentic encounters. I am interested in pursuing theater that connects the artists with the audience through an experience of exchange and connection, building something new with the individual members of its audience every night.

Why the Metal Shop?

In a metal shop, old materials and natural elements are melted, joined, and forged with fire into new life.
A WAKENING poster image

Inaugural Project: A WAKENING

A theatrical experiment in radical authenticity (POSTPONED)

A WAKENING is a feminist reinvention of process and performance as a theatrical community event. It is a radical deconstruction of Wedekind's 1891 play Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening) giving voice to the complex women characters whose stories are drowned out by those of the men. Part original translation, part game, part Boal-inspired improvisation, A WAKENING focuses on the relationship between Wendla and her mother, starting a community conversation about the generational silence and shame around the sexuality of women that are amplified in our isolated, media-saturated culture.

Rehearsals for A WAKENING began in March 2020 but were quickly disrupted by COVID-19. The team continued to meet via Zoom but postponed the project indefinitely in May.

A WAKENING team A WAKENING design research

Performers: Anna Civik, Cayla Jones, Juliet Wolfe, Owen Boardman, Tulsi McDaniels

Alex Mallory, Director; Claire Bauman, Associate Director; Audrey Ney; Stage Manager; Gabrielle Strong, Design Consultant; Rebekah Bryer, Dramaturg.
Graphic design by Anna Cohen.

Created by Gabrielle Strong

A Message About Community and Practicing Anti-Racism

In light of the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade at the hands of police and the countless others that have come before, I'd like to publicly state The Metal Shop's commitment to anti-racist practices. The Metal Shop is committed to dismantling racist (and in particular anti-black), capitalist, and colonial power structures by putting the community at the center of our work and examining the ways these structures make their way insidiously into our work. We are committed to amplifying the voices of our BIPOC artists and inviting BIPOC artists and community members to play key roles in the direction of our work. We believe in battling systemic racism by creating opportunities for our artists and community members to engage in self-awareness, critical reflection, and taking responsibility for their feelings and actions.

We invite you, as members of the Metal Shop community, to hold us accountable to these commitments.

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