|On Sale Now: "Russian Troll Farm"—Live!|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:27 pm EDT 10/13/20|
|Announcing Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy!
The Civilians are proud to team up with TheaterWorks Hartford and TheatreSquared to present Sarah Gancher's timely new play Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy, a "site-specific work for the internet" inspired by the work of the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Billed as a unique live theatre experience with "digital magic," the highly collaborative project is a cross between theatre, film, and multimedia design. Led by directors Jared Mezzocchi (Co-Director, Multimedia Designer) and Elizabeth Williamson (Co-Director, Dramaturg), the live performances will test the limits of digital performance and are the capstone of an intensive period of socially isolated, virtually connected, new play development.
Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy will stream to a password-protected platform for five live performances Tuesday, October 20 through Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. For those unable to attend a live performance, encore viewing is available during an on-demand window from October 24 to November 1, 2020.
About The Play
At the infamous (real-life!) Internet Research Agency, professional internet trolls work for days at a time to influence American popular opinion, creating the illusion of consensus-or conflict. Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy imagines the daily lives of these workers as they invent characters, stage conflicts, and create conspiracies. What happens to their grasp on the truth when the whole job is lying?
"The trolls are out in full force right now," said playwright Sarah Gancher. "I want everyone on the right and the left to be able to spot them and to see what they're doing-or at least wonder: what happens to a democracy when the voices of real citizens are drowned out by fictional characters?"
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