Passing Strange Director Dorsen Announces Latest Project

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Annie Dorsen, director and co-creator of the Broadway-bound musical Passing Strange, has announced her latest collaboration: Democracy in America.

Presented in association with the Foundry Theatre and PS 122, Democracy in America will put the show's creation in the hands of the public. Beginning Nov. 26, the public will have the opportunity to "buy" pieces of the production.

Through a live auction at Joe's Pub and the launch of the website on Nov. 26, the public will be able to determine the components of the production and what actions will take place on stage. An individual can pay to see an action (like a stage kiss) or a costume design employed or a prop used. Production notes also state that the public will be able to pay to contribute text, jokes, opinions, anecdotes and even sound cues and other design elements. Product placement will also be available for purchase.

The sales will close Feb. 15, 2008, at which point Dorsen and her collaborative team will create the theatrical piece comprised entirely from public purchases and input. The finished Democracy In America will then be presented in April at PS 122 under the direction of Dorsen and featuring several downtown artists.

Dorsen's Passing Strange, developed with musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald, is slated to open on Broadway at the Belasco Theater in February 2008. Passing Strange has also been produced at the Public and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and was developed at the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts and at the Sundance Theater Lab. Dorsen is currently developing Truckstop with string quartet Ethel for BAM's Next Wave Festival in Fall of 2008.

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