April 5th& 6th2019
7:30PM – Pay What You Can
The Black Box Theatre
51 Dineen Drive
Tickets at the door.

“Do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”
– Logan Paul

 the coop, in collaboration with St. Thomas University’s Advanced Drama Production students have been in the studio creating a new work of physical theatre that peeks into the sordid, lonely and occasionally hilarious minds of some of the world’s most nefarious characters. Directed by Lisa Anne Ross with choreography by Lesandra Dodson, and featuring a cast of students, the work is a non-linear physical romp that unpacks the evils, illness and myopia of characters such as Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Zuckerburg and Kris Jenner.  From YouTube stars gone awry to Sarah Palin’s softer side, the production pokes apart the underbelly of those that often remain one dimensional in the minds of the public.  Given the current state of the world, this production provides a much-needed antidote to combat the ennui that accompanies the growing proliferation of despots. And even better, the production is Trump free.

The Despot was first conceived in 2017 by the COOP CORPS and performed at the Connection Dance Works Spring Perspectives Festival. The company received so much positive feedback from this performance that they decided to approach the material again.  When the opportunity to collaborate with St. Thomas University students presented itself, the company jumped at the chance.  coop Co-Artistic Director Lesandra Dodson is currently ensconced at STU as Artist in Residence in the English Department and this production has been the main focus of her residency work.  Both Dodson & Ross have been thrilled by the dynamic and engaging work the students have been producing and are excited to share the new work with the world.

‘We’re here to put a dent in the universe.  Otherwise why else even be here?’  - Steve Jobs

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