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Dougherty Arts Center

1110 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

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Collection
Directed by Laura J. Khalil

Post-Performance Talk Backs August 26& 28 and September 2 & 9, 2017 at 9:30pm

Our collections – both tangible and intangible – from past relationships affect the way we love and the way we live. What do we hold on to? How can we let go? What does it mean to love and how do we learn? Although we may never have concrete answers, Generic Ensemble Company’s newly devised play, Collection, poses these questions.

Partially inspired by bower birds, a species that collects trinkets to court mates, Collection is an intimate view of the things we give and receive during relationships. Throughout the process, we investigate themes of loss, memory, and the various kinds of love and ways of giving. As we grow older and gain more experience, our expectations of love and relationships shifts. What travels with us during this journey and how does it change the way we experience the world?

In this time of great change, love feels precious and meaningful, now more than ever. Generic Ensemble Company wants to encourage the audience to hold closer the people, things, and memories of love. We want to foster stories of love of all kinds and all ways; queer, platonic, romantic, familial, unrequited, or lack thereof. Highlighted here is how each of these relationships play a significant role in our lives – past, present, and future.

Now in its seventh year, Generic Ensemble Company (GenEnCo) has created quality arts projects and garnered local and national attention for its socially-engaged, critically acclaimed work, often in partnership with local organizations. GenEnCo makes the invisible visible through bold, socially relevant, body-centered theatre. Our company expands and challenges traditional notions of aesthetic and form by employing processes and cultural products influenced by queer activism, post-colonial traditions, and celebratory uses of “remixing.” Using DIY innovation and social-justice oriented tenacity, we create quality work that is unlike anything else offered in the Austin theatre community. We believe in showcasing mostly queer-identified, mostly-women, who are mostly-people of color onstage through experimental physical theatre techniques.

GenEnCo is a Resident Theatre Organization of the Dougherty Arts Center through the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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