Farfetched Fables

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Production Ensemble 2011 members perform in multiple roles, control the cameras, choreograph movement and otherwise conjure the world of the play both on “stage” and behind the scenes. The six-part FARFETCHED FABLES, an often dismissed and rarely staged late work by George Bernard Shaw, was penned in 1950, the playwright’s ninety-third year, and is radical in its anarchic interplay of ideas.

This production was directed by Lars Jan, and operates under the conceit of the fables as television episodes produced in the age of censorship. Audience members sat in LPAC Cinema and viewed the actors through a projection of live video of the actors themselves.