"The Place We Built"
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | In a deserted neighborhood in post-communist Budapest, young bohemians squat in an abandoned building and build a bar. Reclaiming the Jewish identity their parents’ generation abandoned after the Holocaust, they create a vibrant new subculture that combines big ideas and intense debates with wild parties. Friendships form and fray, couples recombine, people change, the neighborhood is transformed. But when authoritarianism and anti-Semitism make a surprise comeback in the country at large, will the place they built survive? A tale of friendship, idealism, and coming of age, set against the backdrop of Hungary’s current terrifying slide into dictatorship—and the global rise of right-wing populism. This faculty performance production features multimedia immersive staging, and a live jazz/Romani/Balkan/Afro-pop/Sephardic/Turkish/klezmer band.
The Place We Built is written by Sarah Gancher and directed by Jean Randich.
Music arrangement and direction: Bruce Williamson
Sue Rees (set and projections)
Olivera Gajic (costumes)
Evan Grey Caldwell (lights)
Miran Kapor (sound)
Timothy Atkinson, Larry Dembski, and Keely Durkin (puppets)
Rob Ascher and Soumya Rachel Shailendra
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