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College of the Atlantic Performing Arts Sponsors a visit from Der Vorfhreffekt Theatre

BAR HARBOR Donna Oblongata, cited by 'Rolling Stone' as one of the reasons why Baltimore had the best theatrical scene in the country, brings 'The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act' to College of the Atlantic's Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The play is part of a COA Performing Arts series of guest artist performances, workshops and discussions investigating mission and methods in contemporary performance.

Oblongata is the producer/director of the 2012 production 'Less Miserable' and a member of The Missoula Oblongata and Wham City. 'The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act' is Oblongata's first original play, presented by the Der Vorfhreffekt Theatre and in collaboration with long-time collaborator Sarah Lowry and the visual artist and performer Patrick Costello. 

'Donna's work is at the forefront of the current DIY Theatre movement in America,' said Jodi Baker, a faculty member in performing arts at COA. 'It's rooted in the Punk scene of the early '80s and utilizes a wide variety of traditional folk and street theatre forms. Her plays are socially relevant, highly innovative, and super-fun. Der Vorfhreffekt Theatre focuses specifically on the intersection of artistic practice and social change. The work is overtly interdisciplinary and directly connected in form and content to much of what we do at COA.' 

The play begins in the wilds of Siberia as Charles Darwin goes off in search of the Yeti. The Yeti enters a radio station's dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn't exist yet. Darwin's research companion, a little brown bat, falls in love with the radio station's electromagnetic emissions. Meanwhile, Siberia's caves are home to a secretive tribe of rope makers, but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas' famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin's laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the Yeti and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Jodi Baker at (207) 801-5736 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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