Oh my oh my. We had our field trip in Pilsen this past weekend to scout it out as a possible location for Fringe. I for one am head over heels in love. A few selling points: I saw a risky and exhilarating show at the Dream Theatre called SEQUESTERED. They produce all originals, and I assure you that I will be back for more. Check them out at www.dreamtheatrecompany.com. I also saw another theater that I was henceforth not aware was located around there: EP Theater. I plan on catching their next show, COYDOG, opening April 29th. (www.eptheater.com) In addition to that, I passed so many drop dead gorgeous empty galleries that just scream to have all original fringe theatre happen in them that my head was spinning. Topping even that: there is this sweet hollowed out church that has been transformed into a community park. I don't know the whole story there, but having a performance happen in there would be just...just...exhilarating. There was also inspiring visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art (http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/visit.html). There's also a performance space in there.
Let me qualify all with willy-nilly dreaming with the fact that I have not yet had any contact with any of the aforementioned organizations. Time will tell of any of this pans out. One thing remains clear in the afterglow of yesterday afternoon: this project approaches, terrifying and exciting, necessary and impossible.