Concrete Realities

“How do you move forward when you’ve lost everything?” That’s what many people asked after last September’s floods in Boulder, recalls Emily K. Harrison of Square Product Theatre. The ensemble’s new production, SLAB, explores the same question but in a different context: the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The play, adapted from a novel by Selah Saterstrom, focuses on Tiger, a young woman stranded with her ailing mother and baby sister on the concrete slab where their house stood before the storm. Exhausted, bored and waiting for help, Tiger tells a string of survival stories about Gulf Coast life. “The whole play is a lot of memories and follows the standard memory-play trope,” says Harrison. “A lot of really great American plays follow that trope.”

Square Product Theatre has been developing the play for the past four years (most of the company’s works take less than a year to produce), in collaboration with Los Angeles-based director and writer Gleason Bauer, film and video artist Christina Battle, and sound artists Janet Feder and Paul Fowler. The world premiere of SLAB starts with a preview tonight at 8 p.m. at the ATLAS Black Box theater on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, where it plays through August 16. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, $17 for seniors and two-for-one on Thursdays; for more information, go to
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 31. Continues through Aug. 16, 2014