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BERKELEY, CALIF.: How many different ways are there to put on a play? As many ways as theatremakers can dream up. California Shakespeare Theater and Intersection for the Arts recently announced the first cohort of Triangle Lab Artist-Investigators, who will develop and devise new models for theatremaking. The 10 Artist-Investigators were selected from a pool of 140 submissions in the Bay Area.

Says Triangle Lab director Rebecca Novick, "The goal of this project is to support experiments that will yield models that can be replicated by other artists." Each Artist-Investigator receives a stipend of $3,000 in addition to $1,000 for project expenses. The selected projects range in. discipline and structure. Many projects won't happen in traditional theatre spaces. Two unfold on street corners, including Dan Wolf's Corner Collisions and Debby Kajiyama and Jose. Navarrete's The Anastasio Project, which uses the stories of Rodney King and Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas to explore race relations with East Oakland youth. Jo Kreiter's project will involve 10 young women ages 14-18 and will examine how a street in the Bayview District of San Francisco has transformed from a junkie paradise into a greenway with gardens. Queer pubs will provide the setting for Kegan Marling's project, which will feature stories about role models while growing up in the AIDS epidemic. An elementary school serves Chris Black's dance-based site-specific performance, which explores the relationship between students and their physical and cultural environments.

Some projects turn an investigative eye toward violence. Arielle Julia Brown's The Love Balm Project, which will travel throughout Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, features stories of mothers who have lost children to violence. Meanwhile Sky Burial, by Susie Lundy, is a community processional project composed of 131 mixed-media wings that will be installed at homicide sites around Oakland.

Another pair of projects capitalize on technology. Desdemona Chiang will make a 30-minute interactive play with QR codes, while David Szlasa's Full Balcony aims to be a crowd-sourced video performance of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Go to

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Title Annotation:NEWS IN BRIEF; Triangle Lab Artist-Investigators and the devise of new models for theatermaking
Publication:American Theatre
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:May 1, 2013
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