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Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15, 2 pm

$25 nonmembers; $22 members and students
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Destroyer of Cities

Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib
After Samuel Delany’s epic science fiction novel,

“Mixing multimedia with deadpancool (and very sexy) actors, Scheib is forging new ways of seeing drama.”
--Time Out New York

Jay Scheib--named one of 25 artists who will shape the next 25 years of theater by American Theater Magazine--returns to the ICA stage. His video-infused This Place is a Desert, the first theater piece ever presented in our waterfront theater, thrust him into the critical spotlight. This new work, based on Samuel R. Delany’s epic science fiction novel, is part two of Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems, Scheib’s trilogy of multimedia performance works.

Bellona, a once illustrious city, has been decimated by a mysterious cataclysmic event, leaving it all but forgotten. Its people try to understand why buildings repeatedly burst into flames and city streets appear to rearrange themselves, citing race-related violence and a social experiment gone wrong. A parable of the dangers facing the modern American city, Bellona, Destroyer of Cities explores the shaping of space to express complex issues of race, gender, and sexuality. The production combines passages from Delany’s novel with original material and video and photography by Scheib and artist Carrie Mae Weems. 

On Friday, May 13: artist Carrie Mae Weems--contributing set designer for Bellona--joins producer and Bellona actress Tanya Selvaratnem and actress Sarita Choudhury for a post-show discussion.

On Saturday, May 14:  join Samuel R. Delany and Jay Scheib for a post-show conversation.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities is presented as part of Emerging America, the second annual theater festival, co-presented with American Repertory Theater and the Huntington Theatre Company, launching the new American voices of tomorrow.

Support provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Office of the Associate Provost; Agnes Gund; and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund.

This presentation is in conjunction with FAST/MIT 150: a festival celebrating MIT's confluence of Art, Science and Technology.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010.

Click here for a conversation with Jay Scheib and Samuel Delaney,
recorded at The Kitchen in 2010.


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Date:May 13, 2011 07:30 PM –
May 13, 2011 07:30 PM
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