Plastic City (2012)

Plastic City (2012)

produced by idiosynCrazy productions

created and performed by Shannon Murphy and Jumatatu Poe

garments by Katie Coble

music by Blind Willie McTell and Tune-Yards


There are two theories at the heart of this work: Theory #1 – Sameness does not exist; Theory #2 – Sameness does exist.  Murphy and Poe question union and unity as they journey through a landscape of shifting energies, shifting relationships to one another.  Even when it is a game, it is serious.  In this duet, earnestness is a tool to negotiate the reality of each moment, and its distinction from any other moment.  The performers tap into divergent worlds, from vaudeville to musical theater to lecture/demonstration to focused movement improvisation.  They are on an adrenaline roller coaster, complete with rises and falls, and the audience is along for the rapidly shifting ride.


Special Credits

This work was commissioned by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA, and has been supported through a NewEdge Residency from Philadelphia’s Community Education Center