Presented in association with the Foundry Theatre, Democracy in America is a collaborative work that has allowed members of the public to play an active role in the show's creation and performance.
Through a live auction at Joe's Pub on Nov. 26 and the website www.buydemocracy.com, members of the public were able to determine components of the production and what actions would take place on stage.
For example, an individual could purchase an action (like a stage kiss) or a costume design employed or a prop used within Democracy in America. As part of the auction process, the public has been able to pay to contribute text, jokes, opinions, anecdotes and even sound cues and other design elements.
Sales closed Feb. 29 as Dorsen, who is noted for creating her works from scratch, began to create Democracy in America through elements designated by the public.
Dorsen is currently collaborating with performers Okwui Okpokwasili, Philippa Kaye and Anthony Torn, as well as video artist Kate Howard, lighting designer Sarah Sidmon, sound designer Bart Fasbender and dramaturg Katherine Profeta for the PS 122 production. Dorsen's Passing Strange, developed with musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald, opened to raves on Broadway following an engagement at the Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Dorsen is currently developing Truckstop with string quartet Ethel for BAM's Next Wave Festival in fall of 2008.
Democracy in America begins performances March 30 at PS 122 and will run through April 20. An official opening night has been set for April 3.
Tickets, priced $20, are available by visiting www.ps122.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.