Empathy School / Love Story
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Two performance works about bodies, landscape and memory, presented at Abrons Arts Center. Both have original music and some of it is played live, beautifully.
Jim Findlay and Frank Harts are the actors.
EMPATHY SCHOOL was made for Jim Findlay, literally. I wrote this while I was living in Illinois and riding the bus a lot (long story). I thought, Jim can make harrowing so warm and delightful. He does. We first performed Empathy School on a bus upstate in 2014.
LOVE STORY is performed by Frank Harts. In 2007, this piece was made of cassette tape, photographs, an audio walk, and some writing I put together for Fusebox. Now it’s Frank, an actor who can make the smallest move or gesture seem epic. He plays the grid-walking sympathetic stalker of this little big city.
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These performances are supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Barbara Bell Cummings Memorial Fund, Princeton University, and individual donors. Love Story was previously presented at ASU Gammage. Empathy School was commissioned by EMPAC, funded by MAP and developed at The Orchard Project. Aaron Landsman is a playwright-in-residence at Abrons. Thanks and praise be.