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The Republic in Ruins

Mouths Wide Open presents The Republic In Ruins, a performance event, on August 31st and September 1st & 2nd at Washington Square Church, 135 West 4th Street in Manhattan. Co-sponsored by The Nation Institute, the performance is part of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas. ( scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention. The Republic in Ruins is an innovative event which uses a two-part structure to create a powerful evening of artistic "call and response" with the audience, addressing our collective concerns about the current political situation. An evocative environmental installation locates the collage of music, song, and spoken word. Following the performance, the audience will be offered homemade refreshments and will be encouraged to mingle in informal discussion with each other and those taking part in the evening’s events. In this way, the audience is asked to actively participate in and expand the dialogue about the state of our Republic at this crucial time.

"We are infected by the politics and violence . . . War affects everything that we do. It affects our dreams. It affects our art, our relationships. And it affects our religion. And that – is what has happened."
Karen Armstrong, author

The Republic in Ruins uses the artistic realm to powerfully address issues of pressing concern to us all. The performance is a collage bringing together various musicians, singers and speakers into the terrain (see list). They are the voices trying to bring the light of awareness and consciousness to the crumbling Republic. Continuity is created through imagistic segues, using live performance and video.

Feelings will be running high in New York this August as people converge from all over the U.S. to either re-nominate George W. Bush or to protest the current Administration’s positions.
The Republic in Ruins aims to widen the conversation, increase understanding and reconnect audiences with values of care and mutual goals.

Please Join Us!


WHEN: August 31st, September 1st & 2nd, 2004.
All shows start at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Washington Square Church
135 West 4th Street
(Between 6th Ave. & MacDougal)


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