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Symptomatic: IRL, 11/12

Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM (ET)

Symptomatic: IRL

Livestreaming Nov. 12 – 14, 7:30 p.m.
Matinee Nov. 15, 2 p.m.

Presented by ODU Rep and ODU Film
Conceived and directed by Brittney S. Harris
Produced by Deborah M. Wallace

“How did it all begin?

I really can’t say …felt it creeping up in the back of my throat.

Felt like a virus but it wasn’t.

Felt like suppression but it was a revelation.”

Beyond the coronavirus itself lies a list of questions and contradictions, a kaleidoscope of emotions: denial, panic, disconnection - even, surprisingly, peace and hope.

Using six performers to embody the wide variety of points of view, Symptomatic: IRL amplifies the complex narratives, and highlights the absurd contradictions of COVID-19 - from adhering to vs. resisting restrictions, to conspiracy theories, to contradictory information from “experts” and “news sources.”

Symptomatic: IRL was created in a fully virtual collaborative space. Theatre as an artform is built on a platform of personal, intimate interaction - it is a society within itself, which is a steep challenge to create in a virtual world. Nevertheless, we persisted.

We created our own society within our shared screens, and our private spaces became shared ones. We fought through the too-easy detachment, the audio lag, the buffering, the strange new technologies, the awful distance, to craft a visual, verbal, theatrical, cinematic work of art.

Please join ODURep as we explore the full spectrum of symptoms and hysteria, IN REAL LIFE.


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