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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Theater Department Present
Anonymous Ensemble
Saturday, September 22
Performance to feature New England premiere of the work "Liebe Love Amour!" (2012)

Middletown, Conn.,—The 13th annual Outside the Box Theater Series presented by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and Theater Department opens with an interactive performance by the Brooklyn-based group Anonymous Ensemble, featuring the New England premiere of the work "Liebe Love Amour!" on Saturday, September 22 at 8pm in the CFA Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. In "Liebe Love Amour!" the audience’s stories become part of the fabric of the piece as they help guide the spontaneous “choose-your-own-adventure” narrative, which is told by Jessica Weinstein ‘02, Eamonn Farrell, and Liz Davito, along with music composed by William Antoniou.

Circus Sideshow Magazine has said of Anonymous Ensemble that "behind all the frenetic and seemingly spontaneous activity is a very cleverly constructed 'performance script,' with the audience expertly managed to suit the show's needs."

“Liebe Love Amour!” is a theatricalized “live film” of an epic search for love. In this latest work of interactive theater, Anonymous Ensemble creates Hollywood magic using cameras, a green-screen, live video processing software, and the opulent imagery of silent film director Erich von Stroheim. The show unveils a panoply of love affairs between Tall Hilda and a string of paramours including a fictionalized Erich von Stroheim, a devout Gloria Swanson, and the audience in the theater. Throughout the narrative, the audience is drawn into and onto the silver screen as their own stories become part of the fabric of the piece. The show is a tryst between cinema and live performance that invites the audience to voyeuristically participate in the artifice of cinema and the magic of theater simultaneously. With its lush, cinematic orchestration and rapid, real-time editing, “Liebe Love Amour!” spins layers of romance and reality as it reels towards its inevitable Hollywood finish.

Admission for the performance of "Liebe Love Amour!" by Anonymous Ensemble is $23 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $6 for Wesleyan students. Tickets are available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa, by phone at (860) 685-3355, or in person at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance, subject to availability. The Center for the Arts accepts cash, checks written to “Wesleyan University”, and all major credit cards. Groups of ten or more may receive a discount – please call (860) 685-3355 for details. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges.

About the Anonymous Ensemble

Anonymous Ensemble, formed in 2003, makes audience-focused, spectacle-based work and is best known as creators of “TheBest,” a long-form, multimedia, rock theater extravaganza in multiple episodes/mediums and based on the ancient Greek Theban plays. Over a period of five years, Anonymous Ensemble presented installments of “TheBest” at various venues in New York City including performances at The Chocolate Factory, The Ice Factory Festival, the Above Ground Zero Festival, OfficeOps, Galapagos and many rock venues. In 2006, two episodes of “TheBest” were presented at the Brisbane International Festival in Australia, and an interactive video installation was presented in the Neuropolis Festival in Berlin.

Since then, Anonymous Ensemble has created an interactive, narrative dance party, “Wanderlust,” which premiered at the Ice Factory Festival in 2007, and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in Experiment and Innovation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008. “Wanderlust” then booked a U.K. tour including the Latitude Festival and a London premiere at Jackson’s Lane. Anonymous Ensemble’s “a Wonderland” premiered at the Ice Factory Festival in 2009 and was Anonymous Ensemble’s first collaboration with Athens-based composer William Antoniou, who later composed the music for “Liebe Love Amour!”

For more information about Anonymous Ensemble, please visit http://anonymousensemble.org/.

About the Outside the Box Theater Series

The Outside the Box Theater Series, presented by the Wesleyan Theater Department and Center for the Arts, brings groundbreaking theater performances and discussions to Wesleyan University. This season’s performances include the Connecticut premiere of Lee Breuer’s “Glass Guignol” (February 16, 2013), which will feature Obie Award-winners Maude Mitchell and Greg Merhten, as well as Jessica Weinstein ’02 and Eamonn Farrell from Anonymous Ensemble.

Past Outside the Box Theater Series performances and speakers have included Amiri Baraka and Blue Ark, Ang Gey Pin, Anne Bogart, Awaji Puppet Theater Company, Bill Irwin, Bill Rauch of Cornerstone Theater Company, Bintang Bali, Biro, Builder’s Association, Catherine Filloux, Charles Mee, The Civilians, Coco Fusco, DAH Theatre, Dan Hurlin, Dario Fo & Franca Rame, David Henry Hwang, Dewey Dell, Ellen Stewart, Great Small Works, Javon Johnson, Lee Breuer, Marco Baliani, Moises Kaufman, The Neo-Futurists, Peter Brook's “The Grand Inquisitor”, Peter Schumann, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Reno’s “Rebel Without a Pause”, Rhodessa Jones, Rinde Eckert, Roger Guenever Smith, Sarah Jones, Sarah Ruhl, Shosha Goren, SITI Company, Spalding Gray,Tommy Derrah & Johan Padan, Tony Kushner, The Wooster Group, and Young Jean Lee.

About the Theater Department

The Theater Department embraces a broad definition of theater, and considers the critical and creative study of the stage to be essential components of a liberal arts education. Courses and productions reflect the interdisciplinary interests of faculty and majors. The department's diverse faculty conducts research and creative endeavors in every continent. Recent Visiting Artists include Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner Rinde Eckert, and OBIE award recipient Leah Gardiner.

English Professor and pioneer American designer Ralph Pendleton created Wesleyan's Theater program in the mid 1930s. Mr. Pendleton served as the department's first chair until his retirement in 1974 and was an important contributor to the opening of the Center for the Arts.

Wesleyan's Theater Department alumni are notably active in the professional metier: they appear on international and and national stages, on and off Broadway, and many are the recipients of prestigious awards: "Bessie" Award designers Chloe Brown and Roderk Murray, Emmy Award recipients Dana Delany and Bradley Whitford, and Tony Award winners Frank Wood and Lin-Manuel Miranda are a few examples. Several have joined renowned American companies, while others are the founding members of cutting-edge collarobative ensembles, acclaimed solo performers, and community activists.

For more information about the Theater Department, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/theater/.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of art and art history, dance, film studies, music, and theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Center for Creative Research, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For more information about Center for the Arts performances and events, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

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