What is Obedient Steel?
Obedient Steel is a play about the brightest minds in the world. They are young, smart, and talented. They dance. They wear very stylish glasses. Their work is too complicated to explain to parents or childhood friends - it is also too secret. But if you did know, you would be very impressed. Then, something happens. A small thing, really, that could have happened to anyone, or just as easily not happened at all. And now nothing will ever be the same.
This is a play about Brilliance. This is a play about Progress. This is a play about the guinea pig you really didn’t mean to hurt that is now lying dead on the table. This is a play about You.
(graphic design by E. Noelle Bullion)
Obedient Steel has been developed since Spring 2012 with Tugboat Collective, playwright Chloe Brown, and director Rebecca Wear. It will premiere November 14-24 at HERE Arts Center, featuring Nathaniel Basch-Gould (Tugboat member), E. James Ford, Craig Mungavin, Anastasia Olowin, Max Reinhardsen, and Kate Thulin (Tugboat member).
What is Tugboat Collective?
Tugboat Collective is a Brooklyn-based group of collaborative artists dedicated to developing accessible, low-cost, experimental theater. Headed up by Artistic Directors Eben Hoffer and Joseph Wolfslau, Tugboat Collective is Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Chloe Brown, Mike Faba, Isaac Hoffer, Kate Thulin, and Nick Trotta. We are actors, writers, and designers; we make work that is surprising, funny, and makes use of the fact that you are in the room with us.
(Jack the Bird and Moon & Marble)
We've been hard at work this past year. In December, we premiered Moon
& Marble, a white-face clown show that featured live music and a complex hemp-and-bag fly system at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Next came Jack
The Bird, which appeared both in January's Snowballs Festival (Space on White) and August's Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. We also continued workshopping our
surreal rock musical, The Violet Road, and produced a full album of music from the show.
All the while, we worked on Obedient Steel. Since April of 2012, Tugboat has held regular workshops to develop the piece. When we began, we didn't have a script or even a story, just a lot of questions about things we'd read, heard, or seen through bullet-proof glass. After a year and a half of writing and workshops, we are so excited to share our fourth Tugboat production with you.
Why We Need Your Support
We're over the moon to have been selected for HERE Arts Center's SUBlet Series. However, even with this subsidized rental, the cost of the venue in addition to the other costs of putting together a full production mean that to present Obedient Steel, Tugboat must raise $5,000.
Where do these dollar bills go towards?
- Performance venue rental
- Rehearsal space
- Material for set, costume, and props
- Sound and lighting equipment
- Transportation of equipment and materials
- Marketing and printed materials
We are so thankful for whatever you can give - we couldn't do it without you!