Be Here Now: “Cold Spring” @ EMPAC at RPI, 12/3-4/10

Just some of the artifacts lent by The Schenectady Museum for the set design of Cold Spring
Just some of the artifacts lent by The Schenectady Museum for the set design of Cold Spring

It’s the holiday season, and most performance venues are serving up the usual annual menu of “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

And while we do honestly love tradition and ritual, thankfully, Nippertown is also home to EMPAC, which continues to forge ahead with considerably more adventurous fare – like “Cold Spring” – even during the holiday season.

Like most events at EMPAC at RPI, “Cold Spring” – a two-night only performance in the EMPAC Theater on Friday and Saturday evenings – would seem to be somewhat indescribable.

Here are a few descriptions that we plucked verbatim from the official EMPAC press release:

“a battering ram for the stage that puts alien abductions, eugenics, snapshots of area theater productions, and roller girls through a kaleidoscopic operatic lens”

“a theatrical + musical performance created in residence by the Los Angeles-based composer Sean Griffin

“ideas best forgotten and good intentions gone awry unfold onto one another”

“a high-energy collision of charged musical and theatrical particles and their underlying ideologies”

“an operatic rendition of the 1961 Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction hypnosis tapes”

“a collection of iconic musical and theatrical snap-shots, several performed by actors familiar to Capitol Region theater-goers”

“a crippled ceremonious procession”

OK, got that? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

We don’t have any idea what to expect, either. And we love that. See you there…

Sean Griffin’s “Cold Spring” will be performed at 8pm on Friday and Saturday at the theater at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Tix are $15; seniors and students $10.

Comments are closed.