Adapted for the Stage by Rick Sparks & Gary Carter
Based on the novel by Horace McCoy
Directed by Wojtek Klemm
Choreography by Anna Krysiak
Featuring actors from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2016
Yowza! Yowza! Yowza!
Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? springs to new life in Rick Sparks and Gary Carter's new dramatic adaptation. Set during the Great Depression, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? steers the audience into a brutal dance marathon where hopefuls scramble through exhaustion and humiliation to win an economic reward, and with it, a desperate hope for life-changing possibility.
Waltz music swells. Horses trudge out onto the floor and dance…This topical production blurs the time difference between the Great Depression and now. Intensified by OBERON’s immersive atmosphere, Klemm’s physical style—quivering, sweating, dashing, leaping, wriggling—shows America's dizzying dance of desire and survival at its cruelest.