I would like to invite you and a guest to attend the World Premiere of Old Paper Houses, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad and presented by Piehole at the Irondale Center (85 South Oxford Street between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn), February 27-March 15. Reserve your press tickets now by contacting Emily Owens PR at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 917-408-3677.
Saturday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Monday, March 2 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm
Runtime: 75 minutes, no intermission
In New England, the winter is ﬁve months long. Everybody eats beans, the pipes always freeze, and everything's buried under six feet of snow. Moving from dreary 1970s New England to an 1840s Transcendental utopia and beyond, Old Paper Houses follows a group of wavering idealists searching for meaning and purpose in all the wrong places. Combining paper dioramas, ecstatic small-town parades, live feed projection and poetry by Bernadette Mayer, Old Paper Houses cycles through faith and doubt to ask: how do we continue to ﬁnd things to believe in, even when it's really, really cold?
Piehole has been developing Old Paper Houses since the particularly brutal winter of 2013. After finding solace in Bernadette Mayer's struggle through the New England winter in The Golden Book of Words, which references Nathaniel Hawthorne, they found themselves enmeshed in Hawthorne's satire on Transcendental utopian angst, The Blithedale Romance. Through workshops over the course of 2013 and early 2014, Piehole delved more deeply into research on Brook Farm, the 19th century commune on which the novella was based, and incorporated more text from Mayer's Midwinter Day, to create an exploration of the American utopian pursuit in its many forms—past, present, and potential; artistic, political, and social. A workshop of Old Paper Houses was presented at the Connelly Theater in March 2014, and a selection of it was curated into Prelude14 at CUNY Graduate Center.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Emily Owens PR
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