by Isaac Butler
So I have a show. I've been working on it for two years. It's premiering at (and was commissioned by) BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival. I am writing and directing it. It's co-created by Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue and projection designer Peter Nigrini, and features costumes by Sydney Maresca, lights and sets by Maruti Evans, live music performed by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and the voice of none other than James Urbaniak.
The show is called Real Enemies.
It’s a multimedia work that explores the last century of American history through the lens of paranoia that has its premiere in two weeks as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival.
Real Enemies is a swirling collage of text, images, original live music, and multi-channel videos that draws from declassified government papers, documentaries, mysterious radio broadcasts, the history of the FBI and the CIA, and other sources. The show investigates the last century, bringing to light a shadow history of America, touching on everything from Iran-Contra to whether or not shape-shifting reptile aliens run the U.S. government.
Darcy’s music blends together a truly staggering array of influences. The music weaves together such disparate sounds as the film scores of David Shire (The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, The Conversation) and Michael Small (Klute, The Parallax View), Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy, early 1980s LA electrofunk hip-hop, post-minimalist classical music, Soviet-era anthems, contemporary jazz, and more more.
We’re unbelievably proud of this show, and I’d love for you to see it. The catch: because it’s part of BAM Next Wave, it’s run is very short, just five performances. It runs November 18-21st at 7:30PM and November 22nd at 3:00PM at the Harvey Theater in Brooklyn.
BAM’s official page for the show, which includes a link to buy tickets, is here.
Some more links to whet your appetite:
A comic I co-wrote about conspiracy theories is here.
An essay about our show, conspiracy theories, and the nature of narrative that I wrote can be found here.
A preview of the show in the New York Observer is here.
Hope to see you there!