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Gob Squad Collective
War and Peace
European theater renegades mash up song, talk and fashion for a gleeful, heady experience.
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“Gob Squad skip[s] fearlessly along the thin line between fiction and reality, film and live action, like reckless tightrope walkers.” —The Guardian
Is it theater—or the best cocktail conversation ever? A sell-out hit at New York’s Under the Radar Festival, this UK- and Germany-based collective uses Tolstoy’s epic as a launch pad for a gleeful, audience-interactive experience. Reenacting the high-society party that opens War and Peace, the cast selects audience members to join them onstage for a high-octane mashup of War and Peace quotes, improv, live video, even a fashion show—all to explore Tolstoy’s enduring question: Is it possible to be moral in a deeply flawed world? You’ll want to be in the room as “Gob Squad … teases out ideas, characters and situations from Tolstoy’s mammoth, 1869 novel … and makes them their own” (The Herald Sun, Melbourne).
Post-performance discussions with the artists
Funded in part by the Robert Grinnell Fund for the Hopkins Center.
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War and Peace, Tolstoy’s epic about 19th-century Russian society, is the jumping-off point for a probing, hilarious, audience-interactive work of devised theater coming in spring 2018 to the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.
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Gob Squad in War and Peace; photos by David Baltzer.