Here it is: nothing.
But here you are, all of you.
I don’t know what it’s like inside you
you don’t know what it’s like inside me.
But here we are.
Hope. Where does it come from? Who has it? How can I get some?
No statements. Only questions.
Bootleg Radio was devised and workshopped with the ensemble in summer 2017, and was fully produced as part of Available Light Theatre’s season in September 2017. You can see more of its development process here.
Directed by Jennifer Schlueter and Matt Slaybaugh
Choreography by Todd Eckert
Scenic Design by Brad Steinmetz
Lighting Design by John Dranschak
Sound Design by Dave Wallingford
Featuring: Acacia Duncan, Todd Eckert, David J. Glover, Brian Gray, Gina Hoch-Stall, Amanda Loch, Karie Miller, Elena Perantoni, Ian Short, and Dakota Thorn.
“One of the most invigorating things of any stripe I’ve seen on a stage all year.” –Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground
“Everyone in the ensemble conveys humanity with undertones of sadness while wondering how to remain hopeful in a world that could use more kindness. Yes, it could.” –Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch
ABOUT THE PLAY
Like Schlueter’s work with the for/word company, this play is a remix of a wide variety of sources. Many writers created text for Bootleg Radio, including: Stefan Farrenkopf, Jackie Hedeman, Adam Humphrey, Emily Humphreys, Samantha Tucker Iacovetto, Amanda Loch, Michelle G. Lowrey, Cassidy Slaughter Mason, Melonie Mazibuko, Karie Miller, Molly Olguin, Savannah Reich, Alexis Schaetzle, Jennifer Schlueter, John Schmor, Matt Slaybaugh, Mark Snyder, C. Denby Swanson, Danny Turek, and J. Preston Witt. Text in Bootleg Radio is also is drawn from work by: Dan Bejar, Anne Bogart, Carla Bozulich, Tara Brach, David Byrne, Italo Calvino, Raymond Carver, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dave Eggers, Renee Gladman, Goethe, Langston Hughes, William James, Corita Kent, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Chris Kraus, Thomas Merton, Rachel Naomi Remen, Adrienne Rich, Susan Rogers, Mary Ruefle, David Shields, Rebecca Solnit, Michael Stipe, David Foster Wallace, and Adam Zagajewski.