A Piece of Work

::: A Piece of Work

What a piece of work is a man! 
How noble in reason. How infinite in faculties, 
in form and moving how express and adminrable, 
in action how like angel, in apprehension how like a God! 
The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals -- and yet, to 
me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Mixing live performance with algorithms and interfaces, A Piece of Work 
flips the switch between man and machine in a digital Hamlet for 
a post-humanist age. The spectator is absorbed in a swirl of connections 
amongst memory, language and technology, implicating 
both the past and future of theatre itself.
Actors Scott Shepherd and Joan MacIntosh perform alongside computers,
automated lighting systems, sound and video that have all been programmed to 
generate a new production of the play nightly. New scenes, songs, 
scores and visuals emerge from an intricate and ingeniously programmed 
web of technology that uses Shakespeare's original text as data. 


Director/Concept: Annie Dorsen

Performance: Scott Shepherd/Joan Macintosh

Systems Programmer: Mark Hansen

Scenic/Video: Jim Findlay

Sound and Network Design: Greg Beller

Lighting Design: Bruno Pocheron/Ruth Waldeyer

Associate Programmer: Dylan Fried

Additional Programming: Scott Shepherd, Paul Calley

Associate Video Designer: Ryan Holsopple

Management: Alexandra Rosenberg


Co-produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Oslo Black Box, BIT Teatergarasjen, Parc de la Villette and On the Boards. Developed in part in a residency at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the performing arts, as part of Live Arts Bard.


Many thanks to our Kickstarter backers: Adam E. Max, Joanna Gilbertson, 
Sarah MacArthur, Okwui Okpokwasili, Katherine Profeta, Emily Bercir Zimmerman,
Jenny Gersten, GlobalFest, Kelli, Joey Parnes, Keith Davis, Dennis Feldman,
Thomas Uldrick, Colleen Werthmann, Zeke Farrow, Antje Oegel, Liam O'Malley,
Shanta Thake, Matt Kugelman, Christen Clifford, Carleigh Welsh, Morgan Jenness,
Paul Tigue, Jacqui Starkey, Moose, Maya Gurantz, Naomi, Nick Bixby, Natalie Nevares,
Kate Howard, Jennifer Dorsen, Yaa Samar! Dance Theater, Rafael Gallegos,
Melanie Armer, Maria Luisa Gambale, Anita Merk, Jeremy Douglass, Katie Dixon.

::: screenings / performances

On the Boards, Seattle: February 21-24, 2013

Oslo Black Box: March 14 & 15, 2013

BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen: March 20 & 21, 2013

Brut, Vienna: April 5 & 6, 2013

De Keuze Festival, Rotterdam: September 27-28, 2013

Théâtre-Villette, Paris: November 19-23, 2013

Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC: December 18-21, 2013