Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?
In addition to raising meaningful questions about the value of art and human connection in a technological world, the play addresses concerns surrounding surveillance and privacy. “[Directors] Amanda and Jared have highlighted these themes in a creative and engaging manner through the execution of the production,” says Relative Theatrics Founder/Producing Artistic Director, Anne Mason. “They have chosen to film the piece from a stationary camera angle that mimics the motions of a security camera, bringing the audience into the world of the play as that ever-present voyeuristic character.” Audiences view the play by streaming the production from their own devices, in their own homes.
Subscribers and Individual Ticket Buyers will receive a private viewing link for at-home streaming on November 6th that can be viewed at any time through November 22nd.
Relative Theatrics strives to present thought-provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. We believe that theatre is a forum with the power to illuminate the binding qualities of humanity and reinforce the ideals that as a society we have values that pose as common ground and emotions that relate us to one another. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture, and the power of creativity.
LONELINESS WAS A PANDEMIC is supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wyoming Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.