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Chicago Theatre Collective Mounts World Premiere at Arcosanti
Arcosanti, Arizona - On Saturday, March 14, 2009, Chicago-based theatre collective The
Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials presents the world premiere
performance of Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment at the urban design project
The performance is at 7:00pm, admission is free. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for a tour of Arcosanti ($10
suggested donation) and pre-show activities. A dinner buffet is available for $8.95 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Arcosanti Café. The performance begins promptly at 7:00pm.
Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment is a collaboratively generated performance
inspired by the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, Shakespeare's The Tempest,
and the urban laboratory Arcosanti. This original multi-media, interdisciplinary work sets
scientific experimentation, Congressional testimony, and old-fashioned magic tricks down in the
middle of Arcosanti's unique architectural environment.
Inspired by the discovery that The Tempest was among the literary texts discussed by scientists
at Los Alamos, the performance investigates historical and fictional characters who retreated
from civilization in order to re-imagine it, working in geographic isolation to create books and
bombs with the potential to change the world. Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment
focuses on two of these individuals: J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who oversaw the
Manhattan Project, and Prospero, Shakespeare’s most famous magician.
About The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials
The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials (LDSM) is:
Seth Bockley, Jessica Hudson, Chloe Johnston, Ira S. Murfin, Kerensa Peterson, Angela Tillges,
and Seth Zurer. The members of LDSM are performance, literary, and visual artists variously
affiliated with a number of prominent Chicago theatre companies, including Redmoon Theater,
500 Clown, Collaboraction, and the Neo-Futurists.
LDSM grew out of another collaborative performance piece, Impossible Cities: A Utopian
Experiment, produced by Walkabout Theatre Company at the Peter Jones Gallery in Chicago in
2007. Directed by Seth Bockley, the show featured three original performance pieces, each
exploring a different American utopian society, woven together with text from Italo Calvino's
novel Invisible Cities. An accompanying art exhibition, curated by Redmoon Theater's Angela
Tillges, featured an international roster of artists. Impossible Cities played to sold-out houses and
was recommended by Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader.
For information about LDSM and this performance, contact Ira S. Murfin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-206-0431.
Arcosanti is located 65 miles north of Phoenix. Take exit 262 off I-17 and follow the signs for
Arcosanti. Maps and other information are available at www.arcosanti.org or by calling 928-
Arcosanti, a project of the Cosanti Foundation, is an urban laboratory under construction in the
high desert of central Arizona that seeks to reduce humankind’s ecological impact on the earth.
The Cosanti Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to education through the
construction of Arcosanti as a testing ground for arcology, the fusion of architecture and
ecology. The Visitor’s Center is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m daily (except major holidays),
offering tours at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. Meals and overnight
accommodations are also available. World famous Soleri ceramic and bronze bells are produced
and sold on site.