Working under [her] brought me immense joy…I’ve never seen someone infuse social justice concepts, identity affirmation, and artistry into a rehearsal process where the play wasn’t written to create those spaces for these conversations.
DISCOVERED!: The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
DISCOVERED!: The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians was created during dog & pony dc’s year as Creatives-in-Residence at Washington, DC’s National Building Museum. Rachel Grossman co-conceived of DISCOVERED!, was the primary playwright, and director. She also appeared in the show. DISCOVERED! was equal parts audience integrated performance, museum theatre, and creative dramatics workshop. The show was developed to compliment the 2017 summer installation Hive, designed by Studio Gang. DISCOVERED! supposed that Hive, which utilized catenary curves in its design, formed a magical portal to a previously unknown world called “Catenaria!” The four person cast included one actor who was Deaf and all four performances were ASL interpreted. Rachel created the interpreter prep guide.
Here’s an interview with two DISCOVERED! artists Tosin Olufolabi and Ivania Stack.
DISCOVERED!: THE AMAZING UNTOLD STORIES OF CATENARIANS RAN JULY 13 & 27, AUG 17 & 31, 2017 IN THE GREAT HALL OF NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM.
Show Description: The National Building Museum’s installation of Hive unknowingly formed a portal to a previously unknown world–CATENARIA! The Museum sent us, their Creative-in-Residence theatre company, into the portal across space and time and we’re about to come back to Earth to tell you all about our visit. We’ll share with you all the wondrous buildings we saw and how Catenaria came to exist. Then, in groups, we’ll create performances to show every day life in Catenarian.
DISCOVERED! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians
Conceived by Colin K. Bills, Kala Granger, Rachel Grossman, and Ivania Stack
Written by Rachel Grossman with Kala Granger, Tosin Olufolabi, Fatima Quander, and Carrie Suggs
Directed by Rachel Grossman
July 1, 2017 – September 4, 2017
Visit Hive in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Designed by Studio Gang, the installation is part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 1 – September 4.
Photos: C. Stanley Photography