With one production under their belts in the new Laundry on Lawrence performance space, Brian Freeland and the LIDA Project are ready to meet more exacting artistic challenges of their own making. For instance, the second production of the season, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, which opens tonight at 8 p.m. at a location to be announced, will move forward over more than one night -- salon-style, in a series of private living rooms. Another work in progress for next summer will play out, possibly entirely, through multimedia smartphone apps, in what he calls a "redefinition of the radio era."
Not that they don't love the new space like crazy -- even with its two obstructing poles. "We live in a black room," notes Freeland. "Like any new, non-traditional space, it has its quirks. But you walk in, and you say, 'Okay, this is our world. Let's do something with it.'" Which is precisely what's not going to happen tonight. "This season, our challenges will be in finding ways of accessing our audience on multiple levels, in complete, 360-degree immersive environments. Having a roof over our head is not necessarily the right way to access a work," Freeland explains. So Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, billed as a "six-part meditation on health, care, mortality and dying in the United States," will not only roam from place to place, but will also incorporate direction by a many-headed beast of guest collaborators.
See Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Thursdays through Saturdays, through December 17; admission is $12 per part. For a schedule and to purchase tickets go to http://lida.org; locations will be divulged to ticket-buyers by e-mail.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 2. Continues through Dec. 17, 2011
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