It is not an idle boast to say that the Sundance Institute’s renowned theater program has developed Broadway and Off Broadway hits by the bushel. After all, over the years its annual lab at MASS MoCA in North Adams has gathered top-tier dramatic artists for writing workshops and work-in-progress performances. The quality of the work is often exceptional and cutting edge, which – when combined with the feeling of ink still wet – makes for a riveting night of theatrical innovation.
With Club Diamond, you can witness the latest theater-in-the-making with a Japanese twist in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 at 8pm on Friday (December 9).
Sundance Institute Theatre Lab returns to MASS MoCA with a presentation of Club Diamond, one of four projects it supports with its two-week artistic residency in North Adams. Created and written by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino, the play paints the story of a young woman traveling alone from Tokyo to New York City in search of fame. Drawing from Tsukada’s background in Japanese storytelling and Appino’s experience with American film, Club Diamond unfolds with a cross-cultural blend of media and storytelling techniques, rendering a single narrative through the use of silent film, illustration and live animation. The production is paired to Tim Fain’s delicate violin composition.