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MINI SERIES — temping
OBERON Presents
March 7 - 19, 2017

By Wolf 359

Somewhere in an office building in Illinois, there is a woman whose job is to figure out how long you will live. And she's just gone on vacation.

temping, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane's cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Congratulations, you're the new temp! Get ready to work.

temping is the newest work by Wolf 359, a company of narrative technologists whose productions have been seen at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, the New York Film Festival, Berlin’s Voices of Change Festival, and Ars Nova, among others. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, temping brings you deep into the heart of corporate America. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work.

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The Mini Series: Performance for Small Audiences is a series designed for audiences of one to twenty-five. These intimate experiences blur the boundaries between performer and spectator, challenging our notions of form and content. See more MINI SERIES events here!

Get to work in 'temping': 

Get to work — "temping," part of The MINI Series

MICHAEL YATES CROWLEY | Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theater include Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (UMASS New Play Lab 2015); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). In New York, his work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Rattlestick, 59E59 Theaters, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, a NYFA Playwriting fellow, a past member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company Wolf 359.

 

MICHAEL RAU | Michael Rau is a live performance director specializing in new plays, opera and digital media projects. Since 2008, Michael Rau has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Canada. Notable productions include Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); Mistrovská díla (Nodo Festival, Czech Republic). In New York, his work has seen at The Public Theater, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He has been an associate director for Anne Bogart, Ivo Van Hove, Les Waters, Francesca Zambello and Michael Halberstam. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Wesleyan University. Michael Rau is a recipient of fellowships from the Kennedy Center, the Likhachev Foundation, the New Play Network.  He has been a resident artist at the Orchard Project, E|MERGE, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He is a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

 

ASA WEMBER | Sound and video design. Broadway: Pitman Painters (Assistant Designer). Off-Broadway: The Zero Hour, American Treasure (13P); Smudge (Women's Project). Other Theater: home/sick, SeagullMachine(Assembly); temping; Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (In the Lydian Mode); Righteous Money (Wolf359); Ajax in Iraq, The Lesser Seductions of History (Flux Theatre Ensemble); Ghosts (Extant Arts); Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart (Production Company).

 

SARA C WALSH | Sara is a Brooklyn based artist, designer and teacher.   Her work investigates boundaries and rules, transformation and surprise, and the relationship between audience, performer and security.  Recently she designed A Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by the fascinating Kate Benson and directed by Lee Sunday Evans (for which they won an Obie!)    In 2013 she was Head of Design for Queen of the Night, "New York's hottest nightlife event" (New York Magazine).   Her work has been shown at Lincoln Center, The Ontological-Hysteria, The Kitchen, The Public, Classic Stage Company,  and around the country at UCLA, Portland ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the San Diego Museum of Art among others.  Sara's set for The Great God Brown, a project with Michael Rau was included in the American display at the 11th International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture (The Prague Quadrennial).  Other work with Michael includes ...Ayn Rand... (Joe's Pub/ A.R.T.),  Righteous Money (3LD and Merce, Germany); Evanston: a rare comedy (PS 122 and HERE Arts Center); the bird (The Bushwick Starr): and several operas with New York University.  

The creators hope the audience will learn about how large corporations and businesses work through this piece. They want people to imagine how seemingly ordinary lives may be more complex than they seem. More

In Temping, Wolf 359 marries a mystery play and everyday office tech to create a familiar experience that feels foreign and utterly engrossing. More

Press Releases

Spring programming includes temping, written and created by Wolf 359, performed for an audience of one and Violet, directed by Sammi Cannold and featuring Allie Trimm, performed on a moving bus.
OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue, presents The Mini Series: Performance for Small Audiences – a series designed for audiences of one to twenty-five. These intimate experiences blur the boundaries between performer and spectator, challenging our notions of form and content.

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Ticket prices

Tickets are $45. Tickets must be purchased by phone or in person.

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

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The Mini Series is made possible with support from Don and Susan Ware.