Inspired by Michael Robbins’ book of poems Alien vs. Predator, Northeastern students have created an original, site-specific, audience-immersive experimental theatre experience that explores issues of personal identity and cultural alienation. Working with the texts of Robbins’ poetry and their own original creative writing, the cast of Alien vs. Predator invites you into in a shape-shifting, radioactive pop-culture swirl of sound and sense, meaning and mayhem. Performances are completely free, and can be found in the atrium of Ryder Hall, Friday, April 15 at 9 PM and Saturday, April 16 at 7 PM and 9 PM.
Alien vs. Predator is directed by David R. Gammons, a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He teaches devised and experimental theatre and contemporary performance practice. His recent directing projects include the world premiere of Necessary Monsters and the New England premieres of The Whale, The Motherfucker with the Hat (2013 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production), Red (2012 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production), and Blackbird at SpeakEasy Stage Company; The Comedy of Errors, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Duchess of Malfi, and Titus Andronicus (2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director) for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; the world premieres of The Farm by Walt McGough and The Salt Girl by John Kuntz at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; the New England premieres of Cherry Docs, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and My Name is Rachel Corrie at The New Repertory Theatre; John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe at the Emerging America Festival and Necessary Monsters at the Summer Workshop at the Huntington Theatre; and The Winter’s Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theatre.
Mr. Gammons’ recent directing projects have been nominated for twenty-eight Elliot Norton Awards and thirty-eight Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards.