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Wilderness | En Garde Arts
Performances suitable for ages 14 and up.
Wilderness is a pulsating new multimedia documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America. It is anchored by six real families’ stories that explore issues of mental health and addiction as well as gender and sexual identity.
In Wilderness, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?
Wilderness takes us to the high desert of southern Utah where peers unearth the courage to change. Video and projection design combines sweeping video landscapes with documentary footage of parents as the show veers from familiar domestic confines to the harshness of the world outdoors. An evocative folk rock score by Kyle Henderson and his band, Desert Noises, Kyle Miller with his band, Towr’s, and Gregory Alan Isakov accompanies a visceral and emotionally charged movement by Devon de Mayo and Patrick McCollum.
Critics have hailed Wilderness both for its artistic merit and for illuminating the struggle of teenagers growing up in the 21st Century. In a Critic’s Pick review for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood called the show “terrific and moving,” and wrote, “The production’s emotional fluency is bell-clear, as is its honesty about the complex and sometimes mysterious roots of the characters’ problems.” “The young actors,” Isherwood added, “are all superb.” Reviewing for The Village Voice, Miriam Felton-Dansky called Wilderness “a compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst,” and said that, in the show, “a smart ensemble of young actors turns the real-life stories from Hamburger’s research into an endearing constellation of high school kids in distress.”
En Garde Arts produces bold, unconventional and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time. Founded by Anne Hamburger in 1985, the not-for-profit is recognized for putting site-specific theater on the map in New York City. Most recent credits include developing and producing the critically acclaimed BASETRACK Live, a theatrical experience that illuminates the long-term impact of war on veterans and their families. BASETRACK Live premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2014 and was recognized by The New York Times as one of the top ten theatrical experiences of the year.
Photo by Baranova
Contact: (615) 350-7200
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Post-show Q&A on October 20 & 21
OZ Arts will partner with Oasis Center Nashville for community engagement activities and outreach around this production.
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209