GRASS is a new multimedia piece about turf grass and cannabis, woven into a larger American story of environmental and social ills, and the persistent strain that underlies both—an impulse toward monoculture. Through text, dance, animation, and historical imagery, GRASS shows how the lawn and marijuana have each been used to measure morality, impose ideals of citizenship, and to stigmatize, criminalize, and exclude those who don’t conform. GRASS is a timely work, as both environmental and racial reckonings continue to accelerate across our land.
This newest project conceived by TS Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, in her second collaboration with writer and theater director Seth Bockley, bridges the company’s works about environment (climate, plastics, landfills) and their previous works about power, position, and equity. With ensemble members Dee Alaba, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Damon Green, and Maggie Vannucci, and animator Lisa Barcy, fashion designer Maria Pinto, lighting designer Julie Ballard, and sound designer Jeffrey Levin.
Fall 2021 Premiere in Chicago—details coming soon!