THE BLACK BOX AT THE PALM | MAY 28 & 30
What really matters to you? What would be the last thing that you would give up? What do you consider a good life? Do you feel yours to be that? In 2016, a rural community in upstate New York confronts these questions as “fracking” transforms the landscape and divides friends and families. This music-theater work is inspired by interviews with people living on the Marcellus Shale and Dostoevsky’s “The Demons.” “Marcellus Shale” is the name of a sedimentary rock formation rich in natural gas, and, in this work, its sedimentary layers are a metaphor for the complex, richly-layered histories and lives of the people who inhabit it.