“Nobody wants to be a zero. Everybody wants to be No. 1.” (Laurie Anderson, Mister Heartbreak)
A Collaboration with Sage Theatre
aiam explores what it means to be artificial. Four figures awake in an isolated environment, with no knowledge beyond the fragments of a single experience. One each. A memory. Perhaps.
aiam is a mystery. Four figures slowly realize they need to figure out which one of them is human. Being human could be a liability.
aiam is an immersive puzzle, as each night the performers begin without knowing who will end up human in this iteration.
So, please, pay attention.
aiam is a work-in-progress exploring intimacy, perception, discrimination, the pull towards fear—and maybe, just maybe, a different response to difference.
The working draft of aiam was presented by Sage Theatre as a staged reading at the Pumphouse Theatre in October 2019.
Written and Directed by Bruce Barton
Dramaturgy by Pil Hansen and Jason Mehmel
Created with and Performed by Braden Griffiths, Melanee Murray-Hunt, Jamie Konchak, and Julie Orton
Video extract of Julie Orton, Jamie Konchak, Melanee Murray-Hunt, and Braden Griffiths by Bruce Barton © 2019.