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The Princeton Atelier presents new work by New Paradise Laboratories in collaboration with The Riot Group

(Princeton, NJ) The Princeton Atelier will present staged readings of new work by New Paradise Laboratories in collaboration with The Riot Group on January 8 and 9 at the Frist Theater at the Frist Campus Center on the University campus. The events are free and open to the public.

The first reading, FREEDOM CLUB, performed by New Paradise Laboratories and The Riot Group, is a theatrical hallucination on national themes, where past and future collide.  FREEDOM CLUB moves from a schizophrenic dream-play involving Abraham Lincoln and assassin John Wilkes Booth to Virginia, 2012, where a dwindling activist theater company tries to get more radical. FREEDOM CLUB will be presented in rough draft form as a full-tech, staged reading.

The second reading, F@#K COMPUTERS, is an excerpt of a work in progress created with Princeton Atelier students combining original music, video and live performance that raises questions about whether this production is a strange terrorist action in a future war; a lecture-demonstration of android technology; a robot slave sale; or a pitch for a new movie. F@#K COMPUTERS will eventually find form as a performance of New Paradise Laboratories and The Riot Group.

Founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and now directed by distinguished poet Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton Atelier brings professional artists to campus for intensive collaborative work with students and faculty. Atelier artists select a project they want to explore and experiment in the company of students before developing it for the professional arts community.

“This is an amazing program that not only provides a venue for artists to create new work but for students to come into contact with experimentalists,” said Whit MacLaughlin, artistic director of New Paradise Laboratories. “We came in wanting to accomplish one project and we are walking out with two, one which we had paved the way for several years ago and the second, completely new, created with the Princeton students.”

Adriano Shaplin, artistic director of The Riot Group, went on to say, “It has been an enormously productive semester. The Riot Group and New Paradise Laboratories have been hallucinating the past, tangling with the legacy of the American Civil War and asking ourselves 'What is history?' while devising a companion piece in which we hallucinate the future with Princeton students. As researchers, thinkers and creators our students set the bar very high. Whit and I were energized by their fierce intelligence and we challenged ourselves to create a play with and through them that would refract our work with our respective ensembles. Essentially we've been making a sequel to an unfinished play, and both pieces are now tumbling toward completion, feeding off each other and echoing each other in fascinating ways. The Atelier made this incredible collaboration possible and we're thrilled to share the results with everyone.”

This Princeton Atelier performance is funded by the generous support of The Newhouse Foundation, Peter T. Joseph Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford ’89 Fund, and the Jordan Roth ’97 Performance Fund.

The reading of FREEDOM CLUB will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the reading of F@#K COMPUTERS will follow at 9:30 p.m. on both January 8 and 9 at the Frist Theater at the Frist Campus Center on the University campus. The events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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