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FringeArts – Pig Iron Theatre Company & Swarthmore College: Love Unpunished
September 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Pig Iron Theatre Company reprises its starkly unsentimental, hypnotic movement-theater work about the moments just before the collapse of the World Trade Center. Set on twenty feet of escape stairs, this mostly-wordless piece asks audiences to contemplate the mundanity and confusion of evacuees who wonder: is this an emergency or is this a drill?
Waiters, traders, administrators, custodians, secretaries, bike messengers—the denizens of any metropolitical skyscraper—move from panic into a ghost world of memory and loss. Some are unconcerned, some are in shock, others run for their lives. Love Unpunished draws from a simple palette of movement to open up the unreal space between life and death, a space of tenderness that lies within catastrophe.
Love Unpunished originally premiered during the 2006 Fringe Festival, and with the 20-year anniversary of the Towers’ collapse arriving on the heels of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, Pig Iron returns to this contemplative, deceptively simple piece. Without any direct reference to the World Trade Center, Love Unpunished invites audiences to contemplate the simple, distinctive movement of bodies descending stairs, evacuating, confused about when to panic and when to stay calm.
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