THEATRE SHOULD BE AN EXPERIENCE. A game, a ritual, a carnival, and a water park. The audience should be able to play however they like, wherever they like, whenever they like. Or just sit and watch the show. THEATRE SHOULD BE PHENOMENAL. Mystical and epic. Reaching for the grand metaphysical mysteries of the deepest, darkest corners of the imagination. THEATRE SHOULD BE ANIMAL. Dogs wrestling for a bone. Dolphins jumping in the surf. Salamanders sunning themselves. Visceral and immediate. Raw and unrefined. Organic. Grass-fed. Free range. A theatre of the senses: seeing the story, feeling the story, hearing, smelling, and tasting the story.
ROBERT C. THOMPSON is an international writer and director, having worked in various roles on productions staged in the US, Canada, Scotland, and China. He has directed the debut of seven new plays and two devised productions including Snake-Bitten in Philadelphia, PA, A Wild Play in London, Ontario, and The Fountain of Youth in Princeton, NJ. He holds a PhD in performance studies from the University of Maryland and is currently an assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at Chesapeake College where his production credits include 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Bacchae, and Carrie: The Musical. His research has been published in multiple academic journals and the edited volume Showing Off, Showing Up.